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A Royal Scots Greys Officer’s Charger, 1845
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A Royal Scots Greys Officer’s Charger, 1845

Measurements: Overall: 52cm (20.5in) x 59cm (23in)



Provenance: Eileen, Countess Mount Charles (1924-2016)

Watercolour and gouache on paper. Equestrian portrait of an officer’s grey charger of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) equipped with full dress horse furniture, comprising black Ukrainian lambskin saddle cloth edged in regimentally specific red scallopped cloth, red valise, and shabraque embroidered with VR cypher, Guelphic crowns, thistle badge and mottoes ‘Nemo me impune lacessit’ (No one provokes me with impunity) and ‘Second to none’; officer’s pattern bridle with bit bosses, throat plume and head chain. Signed and dated lower left, ‘T. Walsh’. Image size: 35cm (13.75in) x 43cm (17in). Framed and glazed.

The provenance suggests the owner of this charger was George, 3rd Marquess Conyngham (1825-1882), who was styled Earl of Mount Charles from 1832 to 1876. He served four years in the Scots Greys from December 1844, before exchanging into the 1st Life Guards in 1848. He served as State Steward to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Clarendon from 1847 to 1852, and married Lady Jane St. Maur Blanche, only daughter and heiress of Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington in 1854. Mount Charles became lieutenant-colonel in the Life Guards in 1861, and served simultaneously in the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles. He was an Equerry to Queen Victoria from 1870. He succeeded his father as Marquess Conyngham in 1877 and took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords. He was Vice-Admiral of the Coast of Ulster and a major-general in the Army from 1877.