Skinner's Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c)

Gwatkin, John Reynolds

Skinner's Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c)
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Skinner's Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c).

Oil on canvas by John Reynolds Gwatkin (1807-1877), 1840 (c).

Men of the 1st Bengal Irregular Cavalry (Skinner's Horse) or 4th Bengal Irregular Cavalry (Baddley's Horse) display mounted combat skills. One sowar (private) prepares to parry a thrust from a lance with a tulwar (curved sword), while hanging backwards over the neck of his galloping horse, one foot in a stirrup. Beyond, other 'yellow boys' fire on each other with jezails (long-barrelled Indian muskets) as they gallop along, controlling their mounts with their knees.

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NAM. 1968-12-31-1

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