Wednesday, June 23, 2010
John Dalbiac Luard - A Welcome Arrival
National Army Museum, London
The painter John Dalbiac Luard came from a military family, but with artistic leanings. His father, John Luard, had been Lieutenant-Colonel of the 10th and 16th Lancers, and had served in the the Penisula war and at Waterloo, and later in India. John Luard compiled a History of the Dress of the British Soldier from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, which was published in 1833 and which he illustrated with lithographs after his own drawings. When a young man, John Dalbiac Luard had served as an officer in the 82nd Foot. In the mid-1850s he was a friend of John Everett Millais, whose son described how this ex-soldier was 'so devoted [...] to Art, that in 1853 he left the service and took up painting as a profession. Sharing with Millais a studio in Langham Chambers, which they occupied together for some years - in fact nearly down to the time of poor Luard's death in 1860 - he gave himself up to military subjects, of which "The Welcome Arrival" and "Nearing Home" were exhibited at the Royal Academy and subsequently engraved' (see Literature).
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