Artists brush up on their military skills

A very suitable buyer emerged for an 19th century picture of The Artists Rifles by John Evan Hodgson (1831-95) offered in Exeter.

The 14in x 3ft (35 x 91cm) oil on canvas, depicting the regiment practising manoeuvres at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton, went under the hammer at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) on July 10-11. Making its auction debut, the picture was consigned to the sale by Colonel Joynson of the 14th/20th King’s Hussars. It had been acquired by his family from Captain Ramsay of Barra Castle in Scotland, an early member of The Artists Rifles. The regiment was raised in London in ...