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A Georgian portrait miniature of an officer of the 12th Light Dragoons

£ 1,000

Artist: William Denton

wearing dark blue jacket with silver lace and pale yellow facings, powdered hair en queue

set in a gold frame the reverse glazed to reveal gold monogram JW on plaited hair

The inscription on the reverse of the present lot tells us thatDenton's Christian name was William, a fact that was previously unrecorded.

The 12th Light Dragoons were posted from England in 1793 to Mediterranean; where they fought in the seige of Toulon. In
1794, the year this miniature was painted: the Dragoons were in the Mediterranean; May - Cita Vecchia; Rome; August - Corsi. It is likely that this miniature was painted before the officer's departure with his regiment to the Mediterranean.

The regiment took part in the Siege of Bastia in April 1794, which took place in Corsica, during the French Revolutionary Wars.Pope Pius VI was impressed by the conduct of the regiment and ordered that medals be awarded to its officers.
More Information
Medium                 watercolour on ivory
Signed                 signed and dated on the reverse Wm Denton/ Pinxt Feby/1794
Condition                 Old restored Crack and epaulette possibly restored
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