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The 7th (or The Queen’s Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons was raised in 1690 as a regiment of dragoons. It became light dragoons in 1783, and then later hussars in 1807. At the time the picture was painted, the regiment was serving in the Netherlands as part of the Army under the Duke of York. Dragoons were originally mounted infantry who would dismount to fire their weapons. Light dragoons were small men on small horses who were more active and manoeuvrable on the battlefield than heavier cavalry.
oil on canvas
H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm
purchased from Spink and Son Ltd, 1958