J. Matthews, 19th century Officer of the 14th (King's) Light Dragoons, 1830s

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Lot 343
J. Matthews
19th century
Officer of the 14th (King's) Light Dragoons, 1830s

Sold for £ 765 (US$ 1,002) inc. premium
J. Matthews, 19th century
Officer of the 14th (King's) Light Dragoons, 1830s
signed 'J.Matthews' (lower right)
oil on board
31.1 x 25.4cm (12 1/4 x 10in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    with The Parker Gallery, London.
    Private collection, UK.

    On the orders of King William IV the Light Dragoon regiments were ordered to wear scarlet coats instead of the blue that they had worn for the previous 40 years. The 14th was given the title King's Light Dragoons after a review in July 1830 and thereafter adopted dark blue collars and cuffs with gold lace. Dubois Drahonet shows the trouser stripe as being scarlet rather than gold - See J. Spencer-Smith, Portraits for a King - the British Military Paintings of A.J. Dubois-Drahonet (London: National Army Museum, 1990). The Light Dragoons reverted to blue uniforms in 1840.

    We would like to thank Dr Andrew Cormack for his assistance cataloguing this lot.
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