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An Officer of Light Dragoons Taking Leave of His Wife

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The scene is intended to be a generic treatment of the theme of the soldier’s departure, rather than illustrating a specific event. The artist Henry Singleton specialised in portraits, and paintings of literary or contemporary historical subjects. Together with his contemporaries Robert Smirke, George Morland and Francis Wheatley, he produced a number of military genre paintings, usually decorative scenes of smart young soldiers, pretty maids, swooning wives and sobbing children. They were designed for reproduction as prints for the popular market, although no print of this painting has been traced.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 49.2 x W 63.8 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1981-02-28

Acquisition method

purchased at Christie’s, 1981

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