First Life Guards

Lieutenant, 1833

The painter of this study, A-J Dubois Drahonet, was commissioned by William IV to paint officers and men of all the regiments in the British Army. He completed 100 before his death in 1834. They are very stylised but give us an excellent record of the uniforms of the early 1830s. This one is of Lieutenant Thomas Myddleton Biddulph. He is in full dress with tailed coatee and cuirass. His left glove is off so we can see the blue velvet cuff embroidered in gold. The tassles from the gold and crimson waist sash hang down to below his left knee. His pouchbelt is gold lace, oakleaf pattern, with the scarlet flask cord down the middle. His helmet is slightly exaggerated in height but is otherwise correct. The skull is higher than the earlier type (see Helmet 1817).

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