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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.
oil on panel
219 x 95 cm (E)
purchased at Christie’s, 2006