The 42nd at the Alma

Robert Gibb the Edinburgh artist painted this work titled Forward the 42nd in 1889, and the better known Thin Red Line in 1881. The latter painting depicted the 93rd at Balaclava. The painting shown here has the 42nd, identified by their red hackle, advancing in line led by Sir Colin Campbell who points his sword up the hill. The mounted officer on a white horse is Lt-Col Duncan Cameron the commanding officer. Campbell wears a staff officer's cocked hat but after the battle he was permitted to wear, at his instigation, a highland bonnet. To make it representative of the three regiments the upper third of the plume was red and the lower two thirds white.

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