British School – Portrait of a Cavalry Officer of the 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars


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Watercolour over traces of pencil on sketching board supplied by C. Roberson & Co. Ltd., 99. Long Acre; 155-6, Piccadilly, London, England. The picture has been re-mounted and is presented in a carved and gilded frame. The Roberson archive indicates the production date for the address on this board is from 1907-40. Written in pencil on the back of the board is the name Mr or Wm, Boris B-? Provenance: Peter Ward-Jackson (1916-2015) former curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a leading authority on furniture, prints and drawings, particularly ornament designs.

Image: 14 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (37.7 x 19.9 cm.)
Frame: 22 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (56.3 x 39 cm.)


This striking portrait of a young man in full military dress, perhaps around 18-20 years of age bears a close resemblance to Ralph Stapleton Ward-Jackson (1871-1921) the father of Peter Ward-Jackson. However, he would have had to have been at least 36 years of age at the time the portrait was painted. Other family members including two of Peters sons did military service, in the I & II World Wars, but not in the Hussars. Peters’ uncle, Charles Lionel Atkins Ward-Jackson (1869-1930) had been a Major in the Yorkshire Hussars, however like his brother Ralph, he would have been too old, at least 38 years of age at the time. So, although there is a family likeness the painting doesn’t seem to represent any direct family members of Peter Ward-Jackson.

The 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army’ established in 1715. It saw service for three centuries including the First World War and Second World War but then amalgamated with the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’s Own) to form the Royal Hussars in 1969.

The board has very light foxing marks on the paper but is not active. The picture has been treated to prevent any future mould growth.


Unidentified / Unknown Artist