Uniforms of the American Revolution: Drummer, 49th Regiment of Foot, British Army
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on beige paper mounted on board
Overall: 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. ( 26.7 x 19.7 cm ) mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. ( 48.9 x 35.9 cm )
inscription: lower right: "For Dr./ Ellis P. Oberholtzer/ with compliments of/ Chas. M. Lefferts/ 1912"
Inscribed and signed at lower right in black ink: "For Dr. Ellis Oberholtzer / with compliments of / Chas. M. Lefferts / 1912."; inscribed at lower left: "Drummer of light infantry 2d Batt. / 49th Company. British Army 1777."; with 4 detail sketches and extensive color and style annotations; verso of mount has graphite sketch of a helmet cockade
The caption by Lefferts at the lower left identifies the subject as a drummer of the light infantry company of the 49th Regiment, 1777. The caption accompanying the published version of this study mistakenly identifes the soldier as a drummer of the light infantry company of the 5th Regiment. Though both the 5th and 49th regiments had facings of green, the lace of the 5th Regiment was white with two red stripes while the lace of the 49th Regiment was white with two red and one green.
Gift of the Estate of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
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