19th Century Military Oil Painting Portrait Army Red Coat
- 1 Impressive British Victorian 19th Century Military Oil Painting Portrait Of A Red Coat Army Uniform Soldier In Red Tunic Uniform.
- Subject front portrait half length view of a military British red coat 19th century soldier who is wearing his smart regimental military red with brass buttoned tunic uniform. He has blue eyes, having slender features a thin moustache with dark brown combed curly hair and rosy cheek complexion looking slightly to the left of the viewer.
- The colour red he is wearing signifies that he is representing the Royal Crown.
- A good easy to display in any home compact size being 40cm high and 35 cm width of the frame.
- Red coat, also referred to as redcoat or scarlet tunic, was a military garment which was widely (though not exclusively) used by the infantry units of the British military, including the British Army and Royal Marines, from the 16th to 19th centuries. The garment was also widely used by the British Colonial Auxiliary Forces and the British Indian Army during the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Though by the 20th centuries the red coat was abandoned for practical duties in favour of khaki by all British and Commonwealth military units, it continues to be used for ceremonial full dress and mess dress uniforms.
- The usage of red coats by English soldiers dates back to the Tudor period, when the Yeomen of the Guard and the Yeomen Warders were both equipped in the royal colours of the House of Tudor, red and gold. During the Tudor conquest of Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, units of English soldiers were equipped in red coats, most notably the New Model Army, which fought on the Parliamentary side.
- From the mid-17th century to the 19th century, the uniform of most British soldiers (apart from artillery, rifles and light cavalry) included a madder red coat or coatee. From 1873 onwards, the more vivid shade of scarlet was adopted for all ranks, having previously been worn only by officers, sergeants and all ranks of some cavalry regiments.
- The attention to detail is exceptional to his face & clothing, it is like you can feel the textures & creases which gives the impression of flowing movement.
- A very fine work of art example of a military soldier.
- So collectible and extremely sought after by collectors.
- Oil on board backed with wooden panel.
- Circa late 19th century.
- Set in an attractive original gilt frame.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- The painting surface has some minor paint loss and craquelure, foxing, also having had a small paint touch up to his hair just above his central forehead area.
- The frame having various old repairs, general noticeable wear, scuffs, cracking, scratches, chips losses to the frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate