Lieutenant-Colonel 1832

Dubois Drahonet painted three of the Scots Greys in 1832; the CO, Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Arthur Hill, a sergeant and a private. The uniform had changed to a simpler style, stripped of much of it's lace. The aiguillettes and plaited shoulder cords were replaced by gold bullion epaulettes and the tails of the coatee were plain, apart from the gold edges and turn-back ornament. On the gold laced collar can be seen the embroidered grenade badge which made it's first appearance at this time and remained part of the Greys uniform up to modern times. In this case it is gold with a dark blue cloth backing. The facings were of blue cloth which was specified for dragoons while dragoon guards had velvet. The gold lace on the sleeves remained as before; while dragoon guards now had four embroidered loops, the dragoons had three gold lace loops. The front of the coatee was single breasted with nine buttons and no gold lace.

The girdle was replaced by a gold and crimson sash with large silk tassels hanging on the left side. The trousers were changed to dark blue and no longer 'cossack' in style. His bearskin is tall and formed into the style worn by officers for the next 100 years or so. The white plume, however, had reached such a length that it was curved over, almost to the base of the right side. And gauntlets were back to stay after a brief absence of 10 years.

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