A fine profile of an officer of the 4th Madras Native Cavalry, formerly described as 4th Light Dragoons
A fine profile of an officer of the 4th Madras Native Cavalry, formerly described as 4th Light Dragoons

JOHN BUNCOMBE (worked c.1795-1820)

A fine profile of an officer of the 4th Madras Native Cavalry, formerly described as 4th Light Dragoons

c. 1800 Isle of Wight

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A fine profile of an officer of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoons
in turned pear wood frame

The fine detail on the costume and the sitter’s hair is characteristic of Buncombe’s early style before he matures into his more lucid approach. It compares favourably with a profile of a boy, sold by Bonhams, March 2012, which was signed and dated 1799 on the reverse.

The design on the silver engraved belt plate appears to have 4th Regt. in the centre, the uniform is definitely some form of light dragoon, mid to late 1790's. Not regulars - the Light Dragoons weren't wearing red at this point and in any case the 4th Dragoons were not made into Light Dragoons until after Waterloo. The Native Cavalry regiments did organize on a numerical basis, and the European officers did wear light dragoon dress. The 4th Madras Native Cavalry did wear yellow facings and silver lace. The only part of this identification that does not fit is the "Dragoons" on the helmet's title scroll, but this might have been an allowable error on Buncombe's part, as most of the examples of this kind of helmet he'd have seen would have been inscribed in this manner. He probably would not have seen many HEIC officers. We are grateful to Mr. Christopher Bryant for his help in identifying the uniform
The collection of the late Richard Allen
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Height 100.00 mm (3.94 inches)
Stock Code
2621
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coloured on paper
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