Captain, three years post, Full Dress 1787-1795


Captain three years post FULL DRESS: Drawn from an actual coat at the Royal Museums, Greenwich, a portrait of  Captain Augustus Montgomery by Sir William Beechey and the figure of Sir Andrew Douglas captain of the Queen Charlotte, in Mather Brown’s painting of the “Glorious First of June”

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Having once attained the dignity of pacing his own Quarterdeck, a captain in the Royal Navy was eligible for promotion to flag rank. As this promotion went strictly according to seniority an officer’s position in the Captains’ List was of some importance to him. Hence the division of captains into senior (those with over three years ‘posting’ on the list), and junior (those with less), a distinction which was indicated by slight differences in dress. The details for this plate have been taken from the actual coat at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and a portrait of Captain Augustus Montgomery by Sir William Beechey, and from the figure of Sir Andrew Douglas, captain of the Queen Charlotte, in Mather Brown’s painting of the Glorious First of June.

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Dimensions 17.5 × 25.5 cm


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