Drumhorse and Musicians 1874

Ebsworth made this coloured sketch at Aldershot in 1874, showing the drumhorse and other members of the 20th Hussars after their return from India. The originals of these paintings are kept in Paris and I only have access to monochrome photos. The plumes on the busbies tell us which one is an officer; the plume on the left being taller. The drumhorse has crimson drum banners with a VR cypher and wreath. The 20th was granted the battle honour for PENINSULA in 1874 so the scrolls may have this and the regimental title. The drummer has the rank of corporal and what looks like a crossed trumpets badge. The musicians in undress have stable jackets edged in crimson and yellow twisted cording. Their pill-box caps are crimson with yellow cap-bands. The other mounted man is the trumpet-major with four inverted gold stripes on his right cuff, and crossed trumpet badge. The last three men on the right are the RSM in dismounted review order, a mounted lieutenant in stable dress, and a private in what appears to be dismounted marching order, with his back to us.

Regimental Details | Musicians and Trumpeters


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