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17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own), 1832 - Attributed to Henry Martens
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17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own), 1832 - Attributed to Henry Martens

Measurements: Overall: 36cm (14in) x 45cm (18in)

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Watercolour heightened with white on paper. Mounted officers and troopers in review order.
During the reign of William IV (1830-37), the British light cavalry were re-uniformed from their traditional blue to red, the king insisting that red was the national military colour and that the Army should be dressed accordingly.

Henry Martens (fl.1825-1865) enjoyed a successful career as artist creating military themed, historical and contemporary works for the Anglo-German lithographer and publisher Rudolf Ackmermann who ran the Eclipse Sporting Gallery at 191 Regent Street. He is best known works were engraved by John Harris and published by Ackermann in ‘Costumes of the British Army’ between 1849 and 1853. Martens worked mainly in watercolour although he exhibited a few oils at various galleries including the British Institution and the Society of British Artists.
 

 

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