First Life Guards


Private, 1832


Drahonet has painted this soldier as if on dismounted guard duty. Some prints of this period show a gold grenade badge in the middle of the front of the bearskin, but there is no sign of it here. Other ranks wore shoulder scales instead of epaulettes like the officers. The cuirass is less stylish than the officer's, but is still lined with blue velvet. He is armed with the 1796 pattern Heavy Dragoon carbine and a four-bar hilted 1820 pattern Heavy Cavalry sword.


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by Stephen Luscombe