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Fine Art Giclée Print in Wood Frame - 'The Light Horseman'


Riding the Waler

A vintage framed portrait of a Light Horseman and Waler horse by award-winning photographer James Vereker.

The Story of the Light Horse

            The Australian Light Horse of the Great War comprised a section of mounted infantrymen, who rode to the site of a battle, dismounted and continued on foot to engage the enemy. The 8th Light Horse Regiment was a mounted rifles regiment of the Australian Army assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade in 1914. The regiment fought against the forces of the Ottoman Empire, in Egypt, at Gallipoli, on the Sinai Peninsula and in Palestine and Jordan - including the famous ‘Charge of Beersheba’.

The Horsemanship Story

            ‘The Light Horseman’ is captured - hitching the girth strap - before mounting up and continuing his patrol. The slouch hat features the distinctive emu plume that identifies a Light Horse soldier. His dress uniform includes the jacket, riding breeches, leggings and boots. He carries a rifle slung across the back and a haversack (containing utensils and rations) on the right hip, while a bayonet dangles vertically below the left hip, near the reins.

His lean warhorse is a typical bay indicative of the ‘Waler’ breed of army remount that were originally bred and sent from New South 'Wales' to supply the British cavalry in India. Australians rode them in the Second Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902), before the victorious Light Horse campaigns of the Great War (1914-1918) ranging across the Middle East. Grey or coloured horses were not permitted on active service for camouflage reasons.

The lightly-padded ‘universal’ military saddle over a woollen blanket was common issue as was the bridle, Pelham bit and neck chains that prevented horses chewing the reins when haltered for want of food or water in the deserts of the Middle East. On the near side, a horse shoe case hangs from the rear side of the saddle, below the bedroll, while strapped at the front is the soldier’s great coat and below, is a canvas bucket (obscured from view). Carried on the off side, are a rifle bucket, mess tin and nose bag with grain that completes the ‘Full Marching Order’.

Light Horse Re-enactment Troops have been active in most states and commemorate local and national events including the Light Horse Centenary of 1915-2015 as well as participants in the internationally famous 'Charge of Beersheba' centennial re-enactment on 31 October 2017 in Palestine.

The Print Style

           The vintage sepia portrait of 'The Light Horseman' is captured in strong summer light. It is presented matted and handsomely framed in solid timber or available as an archival quality print on paper.

  • Artist Proof Framed Print of Size 41H x 51LWcm (16 x 20in) is presented with a charcoal mount in a premium quality walnut-textured Wood Frame of Size 64H x 74LW (25 x 29in) with gold title and artist plates, ready to hang with d-hooks attached - available for domestic shipping.
  • Artist’s Proof Print of Size 41H x 51Wcm (16 x 20in) on lustre paper with a 2-inch wide white border is supplied unmounted and rolled in a sturdy tube for delivery worldwide.

James Vereker – Photographer & Writer ©2021

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