King Joseph's Carriage

The royal carriage is seen here to be apprehended by the 14th Light Dragoons although it is the 13th Light Dragoons who were credited with its capture. In this painting by R Hillingford there is no sign of King Joseph who managed to escape at the first sign of trouble. The uniforms are not obviously 14th LD. Even if the front of the jacket was buttoned over the collar and cuffs would still be orange. They actually look as if they are wearing buttoned up braided pelisses. The whole picture has a wintery feel to it which is at odds with the facts. The battle of Vittoria was fought on mid-summer's day and the evening would have been light, and warm.

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