Charge of the Light Brigade silkwork

The Light Brigade’s infamous charge during the Crimean War on October 25, 1854, is a narrative laden with heroism and miscommunication, resulting in a tragic military blunder immortalized by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”

Artistic Technique and Composition

Crafted with exceptional skill, this silkwork—or embroidery—depicts a vivid scene of the Light Brigade’s cavalry-men in the heat of battle. The artist has meticulously rendered the chaotic and frenetic energy of the moment using silk threads, a medium that demands both patience and precision. The texture of the silk adds a unique luminosity to the piece, capturing the metallic sheen of the soldiers’ armor and the movement of the landscape. The portrayal of the soldiers and horses in mid-charge evokes the perilous momentum of the brigade as they advanced under enemy fire from all sides.

Historical and Emotional Resonance

At a modest portrait size of 57 x 44 cm, the silkwork captures an expansive moment in a concentrated space, drawing the viewer into the intensity of the combat. The central figure, likely a British officer, is brandishing his sword and urging his troops forward, his red trousers a stark contrast to the earthy battlefield tones, emphasizing the British military uniform of the time. Fallen soldiers in the foreground serve as a sobering reminder of the grim reality of war, adding a layer of emotional depth to the work.

Significance of the Medium

Silkwork pictures like this were popular in the 19th century as parlor art, often created by women and sometimes by men, especially those recuperating from war wounds. They served as poignant reminders of significant events and could be found in the homes of military families and patriots. The choice of silk thread as a medium for depicting such a historic battle adds a layer of intimacy to the portrayal, contrasting the delicate nature of the craft with the brutality of the subject matter.

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Charge of the Light Brigade silkwork

Silkwork of Cavalry | Charge of the Light Brigade Picture

Stock Number: 47912

This silkwork picture, an exquisite representation of the charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, is a remarkable piece of textile artistry that bears great historical significance.
  • Panel Height : 57 cm (22.5 inches)
  • Panel Width: 44 cm (17.3 inches)
  • Frame Height: 75 cm (29.5 inches)
  • Frame Width : 58 cm (22.8 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Panel Height : 57 cm (22.5 inches)
  • Panel Width: 44 cm (17.3 inches)
  • Frame Height: 75 cm (29.5 inches)
  • Frame Width : 58 cm (22.8 inches)


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