THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
after R. Caton Woodville 1894
Hand coloured late impression from the original Photogravure plate published Art Publishers Union London 1895. Four lines of Tennyson’s poem below letters.
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The Thomas Ross Company were the original printers of this photogravure, this handcoloured image is a late impression from the original 1895 plate. After the famous 1894 painting by R. Caton Woodville, it is a dramatic view of the brave men of the 17th. Lancers and the 13th. Light Dragoons, with the 11th. Hussars doubled back to form a second line, portrayed as they charge the firing Russian guns. Known as the Charge of the Light Brigade, an incident that occurred during the battle of Balaklava/Balaclava on 25 October 1854. Lord Cardigan may be seen at the extream left astride ‘Ronald’, his chestnut charger with the white leg.
As a result of a misinterpretation of orders a force of upwards of 650 of Britain's finest cavalry was reduced by Russian forces to 195 men in just twenty minutes (actual casualty figures differ, the whole Light Brigade consisted of 658. Some reports quote 673 with 442 total casualties) These figures are surprising when one considers how dangerous it was for a tight formation of cavalry to travel one and a quarter miles along a valley being fired at by canons and rifles from three sides.
At about 2 pm, having received a direct instruction from his superior officer, Lord Cardigan saluted with his sword formed the Brigade into two Lines as follows:1st. Line.— 13th. Light Dragoons on the Right, I7th. Lancers in the Center and 11th. Hussars on the Left. 2nd. Line or Support under Lord George Paget.— 8th.Hussars on the Right, and 4th. Light Dragoons to the left and in a strangely quiet voice uttered the fatal words 'The Brigade will advance,....walk,....march,.... trot'.
It took just twenty minutes for the charge to become immortalized.