“Any British regiment with any pretensions to smartness had its corps of black musicians, gorgeously dressed”
By Anonymous, 1790
[Guard Mounting, St James’s Palace]
- Author: Anonymous
- Publication date: 1790
- Physical description: Engraving with contemporary hand colour.
- Dimensions: Image: 310 by 460mm (12.25 by 18 inches). Sheet: 350 by 497mm (13.75 by 19.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11586
Accordingly, the musicians in the print are playing bass, tenor and side drums and cymbals, and wearing plumed turbans. One of them, named Francis, served until 1840, when he was honourably discharged. C. ffoulkes identifies a copy in the Crace Collection and gives the date as 1790.
- C. ffoulkes,‘Notes on Early Military Bands’, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research 17 (1938), p.194
- Peter Fryer, Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, (University of Alberta Press, 1984), p.84
- Hew Strachan, British Military Uniforms 1768–1796 (Arms and Armour Press, 1975), p.333.