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An Officer of the 7th (or The Queen’s Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The 7th (or The Queen’s Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons was raised in 1690 as a regiment of dragoons. It became light dragoons in 1783, and then later hussars in 1807. At the time the picture was painted, the regiment was serving in the Netherlands as part of the Army under the Duke of York.

Dragoons were originally mounted infantry who would dismount to fire their weapons. Light dragoons were small men on small horses who were more active and manoeuvrable on the battlefield than heavier cavalry. Hussars were essentially similar to light dragoons but copied from fashionable Hungarian cavalry at the start of the nineteenth century.

National Army Museum



An Officer of the 7th (or The Queen’s Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons




oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1958-07-20

Acquisition method

purchased from Spink and Son Ltd, 1958

Work type



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