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Captain Alexander McInnes, 2nd Life Guards

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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McInnes served in the Peninsular War (1808–1814) under Wellington. He wears the uniform of the élite Life Guards, one of the two household regiments that acted as the personal bodyguards of the King. The accoutrements of the uniform are not only decorative, but also symbolic, which was necessary in an era before rank badges were worn. For example the gold ropes, or aiguillettes, attached to McInnes’s sash allowed his rank to be identified at a glance.

National Army Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    125 x 100 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1974-04-2

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Herneck Wengraf Ltd, 1974


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