Royal Fusiliers - Portrait of the Artist’s Publisher, 1884
Royal Fusiliers - Portrait of the Artist’s Publisher, 1884
Royal Fusiliers - Portrait of the Artist’s Publisher, 1884
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Royal Fusiliers - Portrait of the Artist’s Publisher, 1884

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Overall: 44cm (17.5in) x 54cm (21in)

Watercolour on paper. Equestrian study of Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Routledge (1825-1901) with a mounted field officer in field service order, an officer in undress uniform, a non-commissioned officer, drummer and private, with rank and file in the background before a tented camp. Inscribed lower left ‘2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal Fusiliers’. Signed and dated, 'R. Simkin, 1884'. Framed and glazed. 

As a result of a reorganisation of the auxiliary forces 1883, the 46th Middlesex Volunteer Rifles became the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal Fusiliers (The City of London Regiment) and adopted the uniform and appointments of the Royal Fusiliers. It was commanded for seventeen years by the publisher and part time soldier Lt-Colonel Robert Warne Routledge, V.D, who having seen six of his sons serve in the battalion, retired as a Honorary Colonel in 1893. Routledge was a partner in the publishing house George Routledge & Sons.

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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. He illustrated ‘The War in Egypt’ for publisher George Routledge in 1883; and in 1888 produced a volume of illustrated verse under the title ‘Following the Drum - Sketches of Soldier-Life in Peace and War, Past and Present’. 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.