Mounted Officer 1888

Simkin's watercolour was the basis for no. 5 in his great series of 177 prints published as supplements to the Army and Navy Gazette between Jan 1888 and Sep 1902. This 2nd Dragoon Guards officer was published on 5 May 1888 when the artist was at his best. The officer is in mounted review order in his gold laced tunic with gold laced belts, on a bay horse. The tunic now has stiff shoulder straps made up of plaited gold cord, with silver embroidered rank badges. His rank is also indicated with the gold Austrian knot on his cuffs. The edges of the belts are in white cloth like the facings, but the waist-belt does not support the sabretache and sword, these are slung from a plain webbing belt worn beneath the tunic. The embroidered shabraque was discontinued in 1897 for the dragoon guards. His breeches have a gold stripe; this was changed to a white cloth stripe in 1893.

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