Officer 1791

This naive engraving by John Kay depicts the Marquess of Huntly who was Colonel of the 42nd from 1806 to 1820. The title of the print is 'A Highland Chieftan' and shows the young Marquess, who became the 5th Duke of Gordon, in the uniform of an officer of the 42nd. The uniform can be compared with the Dayes painting which is much more detailed. This uniform differs in that the Marquess is wearing his crimson sash over his left shoulder, and has a gilt gorget at his throat. The feathers on his cap are more flamboyant than in the Dayes picture, although this reproduction has cropped the top of the print too much. The device in the middle of the cockade looks like a gilt button.

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