Grenadiers 1751 and 1763

The 1751 figure on the left is an excellent depiction of the uniform of a Foot Guards grenadier and is one of a complete set of all the regiments at the time. David Morier was commissioned to do this by the Duke of Cumberland. There are three infantrymen in each picture and this figure is from a painting showing all three regiments of Foot Guards. Only grenadiers are shown, presumably because their caps are more interesting than the ubiquitous black tricorn hat of battalion company men.

The right hand figure (1763) is also by Morier and shows the colours which had changed little in the 12 years since 1751. The brass pointed object on his shoulder strap is a match case for igniting the taper which in turn ignites the grenade.

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