Officer, Dress Uniform c1826

The painting of an officer of the Greys matches the Sergeant of 1818 so It would be reasonable to assume that the two paintings were made by the same artist around the same time, along with the known paintings of a sergeant-major, a corporal and a mounted private. They are generally accepted to be c1818 but the evidence points to a later date. None of the figures has a peak or plaited cord festoon on the bearskin, and the shape of the bearskin is more in line with the style that developed in the mid 1820s. The white plume is huge in every instance, and in the case of the corporal, it is curved over the top of the cap which agrees with the later 1830s figures by Drahonet. The corporal also does not have a moustache and it seems that the fashion in the regiment for moustaches died out in the late 1820s and that the corporal was one of the last paintings to be made.

The figure of the officer here has a collar well covered by gold lace which suggests mid to late 1820s. The aiguillettes and shoulder cords agree with the Wemyss uniform of 1826. He does not wear gauntlets which also indicates a later date as the prints of 1820 show the Greys wearing gauntlets, but later than that the short white gloves are worn. He has a girdle of gold and crimson stripes under his gold-laced sword-belt. Beneath his black sheepskin saddle cover is a glimpse of a shabraque but there is no sign of it on the rear part of the horse. The trousers are pale blue-grey with a gold stripe.

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