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News, Horsemen of the New Model Army Greet a Messenger, c.1645

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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During the English Civil Wars (or the Civil Wars of Great Britain, 1642–1651) cavalry made up between a third and a half of most armies. The men depicted in this painting are harquebusiers or light cavalrymen. The name comes from the carbine (otherwise called a ‘harquebus’) with which they were originally armed. A fully equipped harquebusier would also possess a sword, a pair of pistols, helmet, buff coat, back and breastplate, and a steel gauntlet to cover his bridle hand.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 56.7 x W 51 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1965-05-46

Acquisition method

gift from Captain J. G. Wollen, 1965

Work type



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