A Very Rare Watercolour By Robert Dighton Jr. Signed and Dated 1805

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A Very Rare Watercolour By Robert Dighton Jr. Signed and Dated 1805

Sold for £ 2,520 (US$ 3,082) inc. premium

Antique Arms and Militaria

15 Apr 2008, 12:00 BST

Oxford

A Very Rare Watercolour By Robert Dighton Jr. Signed and Dated 1805
The sitter is depicted wearing the extravagant uniform favoured by the Light Dragoons and Hussars at this time. A cylindrical cap known as the Mirliton of Flugelmutze is shown with the ‘wing’ unwound exposing the light blue colour favoured by the 7th, in addition to the white over red plume, the cap is further ornamented with a pin-wheel badge in gold bullion, and long cap lines and flounders in gold and crimson cord, his blue jacket has white facings and silver lace, the slung pelisse is of black cloth with fur and braid trimming, the sash appears to be six or seven lines deep and is of gold and crimson panels. The narrow waist belt for sword and sabretache is of gold lace with lion’s mask and swan fasteners, the very large sabretache is white faced with gold crown over gold addorsed 'C' cypher, gold train lace with crimson edging, his sword is of mameluke pattern with black leather and gilt mounted scabbard. White buckskin breeches and black leather half boots, these with tassels and steel spurs. 34cm x 22.5cm.

Footnotes

  • The subject, Major Edward Hodge had commenced his service as a Cornet in the 2nd Dragoons Guards 15/09/1798, Lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Guards 12/06/1800, a Captain by exchange in the 7th Light Dragoons 16/05/1805, and Major of the 7th Light Dragoons 07/12/1812. A popular and efficient officer, he was killed at Genappe on 17/06/1815 during the rear guard action covering the withdrawal to Waterloo, his body was never found.

    The picture was featured in an article by the late W.Y. Carman for ‘The Journal of The Society for Army Historical Research’ in March 1964, No.169. Since publication the lower area of the picture has suffered some paint loss via exposure to damp. The mount and glazed Hogarth frame has likewise some minor damage.

    Provenance: Via descent through the family to the present owner.
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