Fifes and Drums 1880

A painting by the French artist Edouard Detaille called Scots Guards in the Park. The Corps of Drums marches past with the side drums in one group at the front. They are carrying bugles slung on green cords. The next group are fifers, about 18 of them, led by the bass drummer flanked by two side drummers.

Behind them are six pipers wearing glengarries. They are in undress and wear a kilt that is quite different from the red Royal Stewart tartan worn in full dress. This is probably Government Tartan, as worn by the Black Watch. All the men are wearing the white drill jacket with brass buttons evenly spaced. The Corps of Drums have short black gaiters.

The officer riding behind the pipers is in a frock coat and peaked forage cap. He wears his crimson sash over his left shoulder. Behind him the men are marching with rifles at the slope and two sergeants are visible with red sashes over their right shoulder.

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