A portrait of the officer, Captain Howe Hadfield in the uniform of the 87th (Prince of Wales's Irish) Regiment of Foot
A portrait of the officer, Captain Howe Hadfield in the uniform of the 87th (Prince of Wales's Irish) Regiment of Foot

WILLIAM GRIMALDI (1751-1830)

A portrait of the officer, Captain Howe Hadfield in the uniform of the 87th (Prince of Wales's Irish) Regiment of Foot

1801 United Kingdom

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set in gold coloured frame, the reverse with plaited hair and gold monogram HH

Captain Howe was commissioned Captain in the 87th (Prince of Wales's Irish) Regiment of Foot 4th October 1794.

The epaulettes on both shoulders,may indicate that Hadfield was Captain of the Grenadier Company,or it may have just been a regimental idiosyncrasy worn by all the company officers of the 87th, whose uniform apparently took on a number of light infantry features, such as a Tarleton style helmet, black shoulder belts, and Austrian knots on the cuffs. The silver device on Hadfield's epaulette strap is probably also the Prince of Wales's crest of three feathers and coronet which was a feature found on the buttons of the 87th's uniform. We are extremely grateful to Christopher Bryant for his help in identification of the sitter's uniform and the sitter in this portrait.

In September 1793 Britain had been fighting Revolutionary France for less than a year but was already in need of men. That month a new line infantry unit was raised in Ireland by John Doyle, a 37-year-old Dublin-born veteran of the American Revolutionary War, who became its first colonel. It was numbered 87 and named after the Prince of Wales.

The regiment was immediately sent to Flanders, but was captured at Bergen-op-Zoom and had to re-form in Ireland. By 1796 it was ready to go overseas again, this time to the West Indies for eight years. The 87th were famous for being the first British Regiment to capture a French Imperial Eagle during the Peninsular War.
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Historical Record of the 87th Regiment, or Royal Irish Fusiliers, by Richard, Cannon, 1853, page 4
Dimensions
Height 3.00 cm (1.18 inches)
Stock Code
4367
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
signed on the obverse and dated 1801
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