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Horse Guards is named after the mounted troops who have formed the sovereign's Life Guard on this spot since the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. It grew from a simple building that housed troops on duty as escorts to the King to become the headquarters of the British Army in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Georgian War Office was also housed in the building. However, much of the detailed day-to-day administration of the army was handled at regimental level.
oil on canvas
H 90.5 x W 136.7 cm
purchased at Sotheby’s, 1993