A superb portrait of an officer of the royal Horse Artillery Regiment

Artist/Maker NICHOLAS FREESE (c.1761-1831)
Dimensions 8.00cm high   
Description earing a blue uniform with gold frogging and red collar, black stock and white cravat
Gold frame, the revere with plaited hair within gold mount and blue glass border

In 1793, in the course of the French Revolutionary Wars, Great Britain and allied European powers declared war on France over French occupation of the Rhine delta and Antwerp, precipitating the Flanders Campaign. Britain remained in conflict with France for almost 22 years, during which time significant progress was achieved in artillery development.[1]:p 24 The first two troops of Horse Artillery were raised in January 1793 at Goodwood, by the Master-General of the Ordnance, the 3rd Duke of Richmond, to provide fire support for the cavalry. They were joined by two more troops in November 1793. Each troop had six 6-pounder guns. All RHA personnel were mounted. Included in the establishment were 45 drivers and 187 horses, making it the first self-contained fighting unit of artillery.
Literature Graham C. A. L. DSO psc, Brig Gen The Story of the Royal Regiment of Artillery RA Institution, Woolwich 1939
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 4929
Price £3200.00
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