Auction 137, Lot 858

"[Lot 2] Charge of the Heavy Cavalry Brigade [and] Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade", Simpson, William

Subject: Military

Period: 1855 (dated)

Publication: The Seat of War in The East

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 11 inches
42.7 x 27.9 cm

These two lithographs are from Simpson's series, The Seat of War in The East, which is one of the most comprehensive visual records of the Crimean War. They depict the Battle of Balaclava, Ukraine on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. Charge of the Heavy Cavalry Brigade shows the Enniskillen Dragoons and the 5th Dragoon Guards engaging the Russian cavalry in the middle of the light cavalry brigade's camp, which the Russian troops succeed in plundering. Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade depicts lines of the cavalry advancing straight into a line of cannon fire during the battle. The prints were lithographed by E. Walker and published in Paul and Dominic Colnaghi's "Authentic Series" by Day & Sons, lithographers to the Queen.


Condition: B+

Original color on heavy paper with withdrawn library stamp on verso, some light soiling in margins, and remnants of hinge tape along top margin, far from image. "Light Cavalry Brigade" is chipped in lower-right corner and text is cropped at bottom, otherwise image is very good.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/14/2011