A History Of The Artists’ Rifles
Pen and Sword Military.
8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. xxiv + [ii] + 340 pp. Bound in original black cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. A very good copy. Illustrated by 32 pages of plates, including frontispiece and portraits with 4 in colour. A full history of the regiment, emphasising the part played by painters, sculptors, engravers, architects,musicians, poets and actors. many of the famous names in British art (e.g. Millais, Rossetti and Leighton) served in its ranks (Appendix 1 lists the painters, sculptors and engravers). The Artists' Rifles, a reserve regiment, was first raised as a volunteer unit in 1859 and its entry was later widened to include men from the professions in general. In the First Word War it was used as an officer training unit unit until sent to the western front in 1917. In the Second World War it was a home based OTU, becoming part of the 21st SAS Reserve in 1947.
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