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A Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Probably a Sergeant, 2nd (or the Queen’s Royal) Regiment of Foot

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Behind the non-commissioned officer in this naive painting, a sutleress in red cloak is visible in the background. Sutleresses were army camp followers who peddled provisions to the soldiers. Even if women were not engaged in supplying the Army, they would have been found in almost every military camp. Many worked as washerwomen, some as prostitutes and others were the wives of members of the regiment.

National Army Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    40.8 x 30.8 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1962-08-77

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1962


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