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A Dummy Board Figure of a Grenadier of the Royal Scots Regiment (later 21st Regiment of Foot)

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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This fierce-looking grenadier was one of a matching pair of dummy boards that probably stood ‘guard’ on either side of a doorway. Great care has been taken to paint the uniform and equipment accurately to make him look convincing. Ready for action, he holds a fusil or light flintlock musket and has a short sword and a bayonet. These life-size cut-out figures painted on wood were fashionable in grand houses during the eighteenth century.

National Army Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    219 x 95 cm (E)

  • Accession number

    NAM. 2006-05-103

  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Christie’s, 2006


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