Letter: One in hand

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Sir: On a recent visit to London, I went to the National Army Museum to see a painting by Sir William Beechey.

The painting was so huge (404 x 502 cm) that the curators had to bring it up to their art gallery rolled, the frame in bits. It is of George III and his sons, the Prince of Wales and Duke of York reviewing the 3rd (PoW) Dragoon Guards and 10th (PoW) Light Dragoons. The Quartermaster- General and other senior officers are present.

Beechey wisely made two paintings. The NAM version was presented by the Marquess of Anglesey, a Cavalry historian whose forebear lost his leg at Waterloo. The other was burned to destruction in the recent Windsor fire.

Yours faithfully,