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Richard Simkin (1850-1926) - Pair of Mounted Troopers of the Household Cavalry, 1890
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Richard Simkin (1850-1926) - Pair of Mounted Troopers of the Household Cavalry, 1890

Measurements: Each: 18cm (7in) x 9cm (3.5in)



Watercolour on paper. A pair of studies of troopers of the Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards in full dress.

Richard Simkin (1850-1926) was born in Kent, served in the Artists Rifles and attended the Heatherley Art School. He was employed by the War Office designing recruiting posters and providing illustrations for the ‘Army and Navy Gazette’. He married in 1880 and lived for six years at Aldershot before moving to Herne Bay. Regarded as an authority on British military uniforms, he depicted imperial and colonial troops to create such series as 'Types of the Indian Army' for the ‘Army and Navy Gazette’ in 1901, having gained much first hand information at the Colonial and India Exhibition of 1886. During his lifetime, he contributed illustrations to numerous publications including ‘The Graphic’ and ‘Boy’s Own Magazine’. His work can be found in many regimental museums.