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Study of an Officer of The 18th King George's Own Lancers, 1896
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Study of an Officer of The 18th King George's Own Lancers, 1896

Measurements: Overall: 43.5cm (17.1in) x 35.5cm (13.9in)

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Watercolour on paper. Full length study of a British officer in review order, comprising kulla and lungi headdress; red kurta with buff facings and gold lace, blue cumberbund, gold lace waist and shoulder belt with silver chains and pickers, chain mail epaulettes, white leather gauntlets and 1896 pattern cavalry officer’s sword. Signed lower right R. Simkin. Framed and glazed.

Richard Simkin (1850–1926) born in Kent, was a soldier in a London volunteer regiment and studied at the Heatherley School of  Art. 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. 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.

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