Monday, June 24, 2013

The War of 1812: Stud

Horses used in warfare has occurred for well over 7000 years. Recently, a play and film based on the novel, War Horse, brought the public's attention again to the plight of this domesticated animal caught within war zones. 

Today, near obsolete for this purpose, (except in  Afghanistan ), horses have been replaced by a cadre of  'defense contractors' who work in the 'arms industry'.  It's a trillion dollar business ...
While reading about the War of 1812, I was somewhat surprised to discover that the role of the horse during the two year long land skirmishes receive scant to no mention. And yet, transportation of men, supplies and artillery wholeheartedly depended on these truly extra-ordinary beasts of burden. 

To rectify this historical oversight, I present this painting - 'War of 1812: Stud'

'War of 1812: Stud' by Margaret Lindsay Holton 
acrylic on loose canvas - 6'W x 4'H
For price, contact the artist.
(Colours are a bit distorted in this photo reproduction, but you get the idea ... ) 

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