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 17th/21st Lancers - Balaclava and Omdurman, 1925
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17th/21st Lancers - Balaclava and Omdurman, 1925

Measurements: Overall: 40cm (16in) x 29cm (11.25in)



Watercolour heightened with body colour on paper. A complimentary pair of original works depicting officers of the 17th and 21st Lancers. The first, inscribed verso ‘17th Lancers, Balaclava, 1854’. The second, inscribed verso ‘21st Lancers Omdurman 1898’. Both signed lower left. Framed and glazed.

Ernest Ibbetson (1877-1959), military artist & adventure story illustrator, produced four major series of British military uniforms.  He served in ‘F’ Company of The Artists Rifles from 1896 to 1901. In 1903 he won a national competition for a poster portrait of King Edward VII for reproduction throughout the Empire. Ibbetson was the first artist to paint the newly formed Boy Scouts in 1908. He produced both serious and humorous scenes. His art also covered other subjects including police, London life, the Navy, suffragettes, social commentary and a comical postcard series.