A hand coloured engraving of 17th Light Dragoon printed by Daniel Ash of London.
It was published on the 1st of February 1826 as part of a series of prints of cavalry regiments. It is known a Life Guard, 4th Dragoon Guard, a 9th Lancer, a 11th Light Dragoon, a 12th Lancer and a 15th Hussar are also in the series.
It's drawn almost in a cartoon manner which softens the graphic depiction of the soldier's actions as he has decapitated his enemy's head, whose horse has fallen.
The regiment's name is shown to the bottom of the print, below the publisher's details of 'Pub. as the act directs, 1st Feb. 1826, by D. Ash, 27 Fetter Lane, London.'
These engravings show the Cavalry Officers as valiant heroes and were originally offered uncoloured for "Price ½ Plain". Dated 1826.
Image Size is given.
We are unsure of Daniel Ash's start date but he is listed in the 1823 London Trade Directory as a copper plate printer at 2 Salter's Hall Court, London.
Soon after this listing it appears he formed a short partnership with Charles Sheppard which was dissolved on the 19th of April 1824. For their very short existence they were based at 9 Red Lion Court, Watling Street. Presumably it was just after this that Ash then set up again under his sole name at 27 Fetter Lane, which is the address on these prints. He moved further west from his previous 2 business addresses, a little closer to central London and just off Fleet Street, the home to a number of other printers. In 1828, he is listed at Fetter Lane under Engravers.
The British Museum have one of Ash's trade cards in their Heal's Collection and note that he also printed "arms, crests & ciphers" and flourished between 1826 and 1827. It seems that he was in business for a fairly short time.