Martinique 1809


This watercolour was reproduced and described in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Vol XX no.77 dated Spring 1941. W Y Carman studied this and two similar paintings all by Thomas Driver and dated 1809 1810 and 1811. Carman concludes that they are of Martinique although there is no proof of that. He describes the uniforms in the painting: 'The British here all have blue facings and carry a pair of Colours, one being blue. The officer's lace is gold, and worsted wings are apparently shown on the shoulder. On the ground is a drum with red hoops, and the drummer, wearing a blue coat with red lace and blue dots, lies dead beside it. The regiment might be the 7th Fusiliers, as drummers of his regiment at one time wore blue coats.'


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by Stephen Luscombe