Field Officer c1825

One of the original watercolours by D. Alexander which was the basis for a series of prints by del Vecchio. They were published 1824-28, the infantry prints featuring three figures. This figure is a field officer of the Grenadier Company 1st or Grenadier Guards. He wears the tall bearskin that was worn by the whole regiment at this time. There are no tassles or cords visible on the bearskin but the gilt plate at the front can be seen. His coatee is the undress coat which differs from the 1815 version in that the tails are longer and there are gold embroidered grenade badges on the collar. The tails have white turnbacks with gold lace edges. The shoulders have both epaulettes and wings because he is a field officer; junior officers of flank companies just wore wings. There is a gilt gorget at his throat suspended with a blue ribbon. I do not know what the black line is that hangs round his neck, perhaps a monocle or pince-nez glasses. His sword is hidden behind him but it hangs from the white swordbelt over his right shoulder. His crimson silk sash holds the swordbelt in place and the ends hang on the right side. White trousers indicate that it is summer.

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