17th Lancers

1825 Mounted Officer

This watercolour by Denis Dighton is of an officer of the 17th around 1825. The uniform of the 17th Lancers was never as flamboyant as this, before or since. The reign of George IV which started officially in 1821 heralded a period of dandified splendour. The King insisted on his troops wearing the tightest fitting jackets and the most heavily embroidered acoutraments. Gold and silver lace was lavished on the officers' clothing, headgear, belts and bridles. The long wars with the French were over and soldiers could parade themselves in all their finery without fear of ruining their appearance in the fog and muck of battle.

17th Lancers: Uniforms | Regimental details


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