Mixed Media on canvas, stretched and ready to hang.
Signed on the front.
This artwork comes with an external frame
In this painting a section from the 4th Light Horse Regiment are galloping down a hill outside the town of Gaza, with their rifles ready and eager for action as they pursue the Turkish army, for Gaza has just fallen to the British and Anzac Mounted Division forces.
Gaza was a strategically important town, 2 miles from the coast at the southern edge of Palestine. It was situated on a hill and surrounded by cultivated fields bordered by thick cactus hedges. Between Gaza and Beersheba stretched a desert wasteland with few inhabitants.
The first battle for Gaza on 26th March 1917 was all but won by Light Horse regiments when the call to retreat by British Generals delivered victory to the Turks. The 2nd Battle in April was likewise bungled by Command and again delivered victory to the Turks.
During this time the 4th Light Horse were involved in security tasks in Egypt and Sinai, but after a change of command they were called to the front line, and with the 12th Regiment made their famous charge of Beersheba on the 31st October. Beersheba fell to their assault and Turkish resistance began to collapse. A week later on the 7th November Gaza fell, and the 4th Light Horse Regiment participated in the pursuit of the fleeing Turkish army.
This is a large eye-catching and dramatic painting with a frame to match. The subjects of horse and rider, dust and landscape are masterfully rendered with beautiful free brushwork, and each life-like figure of horse and rider shows character, movement and vitality. A beautiful painting with gorgeous earthy colors and dramatic lighting!
This painting has a triple frame. Next to the painting is a very narrow but ornate golden slip that highlights the golden colors in the painting, next is a fairly narrow neutral slip that matches the dust and highlights in the painting, then the outer frame is a strong traditional moulding of gold over black - giving a khaki effect which matches the Light Horsemens' clothing and the cactus. It has a deeply embossed profile which features horse hoof prints in the sand which matches the character of the painting. Ready to hang with Large D rings on the back and it is double wired with heavy plastic coated picture hanging wire on the back.
Mixed technique similar to the old masters- Predominantly oil paint including fast drying alkyd oils over an acrylic under painting, with some tempera and thin oil glazes which creates the luminance.
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This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.
It comes with an external frame.
Framed dimensions - 143.0(W) x 108.0(H).
Artwork dimensions - 120.0(W) x 85.0(H).
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