Monday, 14 September 2009

Portraits of Hanoverian SYW Officers (4)

Lieutenant de la Porte

Lieutenant K├╝hlwein

Lieutenant Mauw

Lieutenant Schilling

Lieutenant von Buttlar

All these portraits were painted in the late 1740's and I believe that they all show officers of Sporken's own regiment, 2A using the later numbering system, which he became chef of in 1742. The facing colour of that regiment, according to Pengel and Hurt, was straw, and if this assumption is correct, then this is a darker straw than, for example, shown by Kronoskaf in their illustration. Of course there is also the possibility that the paintings have darkened over the years.

My thanks to Baron von Spoercken, from whose private collection these all come.

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