This plate is based on a portrait of Lord Rodney by L. J. Mosnier. He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782. It is often claimed that he was the commander to have pioneered the tactic of “breaking the line”. At the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars the only decorations which an officer might receive were the Order of the Bath, and, very occasionally, the Garter. With the Bath, the star was usually embroidered on the left breast of the coat, and the red ribbon worn over the right shoulder, in full dress over the coat, and in undress under the coat and over the waistcoat.