Saturday, 14 February 2009
Laroon's Meldert Redcoat 1707
Detail from Execution of deserters at Meldert Camp 1707. This rare study of a Marlburian redcoat on campaign drawn from life is quite shocking in a way. The clothes look shabby and not well tailored at all, looking quite shrunken and skimpy with the coat's skirts way above the knees. A sword slit seems to be part of the design of the coat of the figure in the foreground and the deserter. All in all these figures seem to be far removed from the image of the Marlburian soldier we have come to expect to see (mainly from the celebratory tapestries and paintings commissioned in the years after the events).