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Lumsden wears the uniform of the Queen's Own Corps of Guides, a regiment originally known as ‘Lumsden’s Guides’ and which he was responsible for raising in 1846. He is also credited with the introduction of khaki for uniform. The light brown cotton clothing which he ordered for his men was dyed with river mud. The colour was known as ‘khaki’ from the Persian term for earth-coloured or dusty.
oil on canvas
76.8 x 61.3 cm
gift from Mr H. Lumsden, 1954
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT EnglandView venue
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