An unidentified, young and bewigged gentleman wearing a scarlet frock coat, the uniform of the British Army. The white facings of the coat imply that he was probably an officer in a ‘foot’ regiment. Around his neck he wears a silver and blue medallion suspended from a blue ribbon and displaying what appears to be Britannia. The carved and gilded frame is original.
English, circa 1760 – 1800
Height 25” (64cm)Width 22” (56cm)
Stock No. 9878
During the 18th century, most regiments of the British Army, apart from artillery, rifles and light cavalry, wore a coat of Madder Red. From the earliest stages, the coats were lined with a contrasting colour that, when the coat fronts were turned out, the facings would identify to which regiment the soldier belonged. The white facings seen in the picture indicate the sitter is from an infantry regiment, possibly 40th Foot. The unidentified silver metal and blue medal or badge depicting Britannia and suspended from a blue silk ribbon around the neck may well have been civilian as there was no officially recognised system of awards for gallantry in the 18th century.