A Private officer of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteer
A Private officer of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteer
A Private officer of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteer

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

A Private officer of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteer

c. 1800 United Kingdom

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facing right wearing scarlet uniform with black facings and silver epaulettes white cross sash and breast plate
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The Westminster Light Horse was raised in 1779, disbanded in 1783, reformed again in 1794, and finally disbanded in 1829. By 1804 it had reached a strength of 37 officers and 540 rank and file. By 1806 the total strength had risen again to 721 all ranks. It was turned out not infrequently to deal with outbreaks of civil commotion between 1800-and the 1820's, including at least 20 times after Waterloo. In 1815 it was accorded the unique honour of taking over guard duties at Horse Guards from the household Cavalry.

Its members were mainly wealthy Londoners, including many merchants and bankers. The officers were elected from the ranks as were a proportion of men elected to serve as NCOs, though without rank titles. None drew any pay and even Privates could be presented at Court.

Shelley resided in Covent Garden between 1780 to 1808.
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Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
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4949
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watercolour on ivory
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the glazed reverse to reveal the signature and address 6 George Street, Hannover Square
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