An officer of light dragoons taking leave of his wife, 1795 (c)

Henry Singleton

An officer of light dragoons taking leave of his wife, 1795 (c)
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

An officer of light dragoons taking leave of his wife, 1795 (c).

Oil on canvas, by Henry Singleton (1766-1839), 1795 (c).

In this romantic scene, the details of the light dragoons' uniforms, although carefully depicted, do not identify any particular unit. In 1795 there were two regular regiments of light dragoons with white facings but with silver, not gold, lace. Other, local, light cavalry units of Yeomanry, Provisional Cavalry and Fencibles existed at this time, but they did not serve overseas.

As the officer and his wife in evening dress take a last embrace, the scene is reminiscent of the Duchess of Richmond's Ball. This took place some 20 years later in Brussels on 15 June 1815, the eve of the Battle of Quatre Bras and two days before the Battle of Waterloo. The ball was attended by many British officers and, when the Duke of Wellington arrived and confirmed the rumours of a French advance, many hurried away to prepare, while others remained, later leaving directly for the field of battle.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
56793
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1981-02-28-1

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