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Major James Wolfe, 20th Foot by ColonelLiamRoss Major James Wolfe, 20th Foot by ColonelLiamRoss
In light of a haircut this Thursday, where I go from long and blond to short, dark, and wavy, I had to take one more shot of this outfit. I wanted to take this picture for a while now just because I never did get a good comparison with the portrait that inspired this particular uniform.

It's here: [link] Painted by Joseph Highmore around 1749, it shows young Major Wolfe in all of his high good humour. The portrait is currently at the National Gallery in Ottawa and I maintain that it's one of our best extant portraits of the man who had such a significant impact on Canadian history.

I used JP Ryan's 1750's Men's Coat Pattern JR-700 for the frock coat and the 18th Century Waistcoat Pattern JR-703 for the waistcoat. The coat is a red wool/viscose blend, lined with white cotton, and faced with light yellow melton, as appropriate for the 20th Foot. The waistcoat is the same light yellow melton, lined and backed with white linen. Both are laced in silver metallic lace which took me ages to find since fabric shops in Canada seem completely averse to carrying any kind of decent trim. That part alone took well over twenty hours of handwork. Bought the sash and gorget from [link] The tricorn came from Jas. Townsend and had to be reshaped since it was decidedly 1770s, rather than 1750s, as it was supposed to be.

Hope you enjoy!
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RampantTycho Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Incredible! I love the attention to detail. Needless to say, I want one!
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, it's a bit hard to find good reproduction British uniforms from this era - the best I've seen have always been hand-made.
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RampantTycho Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Oh, no doubt. If I had the know-how, I definitely would. I'd want to make something like Lord Nelson's Vice-Admiral uniform.
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic, Wolfe is my ancestor and this honours him!!! :D
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey, that's really cool! How are you guys related? Glad you like it. :)
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know how exactly but my uncle traced the family back to him. Ironically my mothers clan were on the opposite side at the battle of Culloden!! :P
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VickitoriaEmbroidery Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, just wow. This looks spectacular. Looks so much like the painting! Amazing!!
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Ice-calibr29historia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just AMAZING!!! Incredible work on that uniform. From far away, I just glance at this, and its like "Hey, that really does look like General Wolfe!" :D
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!! That's great to hear! The Joseph Highmore has always been my absolute fav portrait besides the Townshend watercolour so I'm glad to hear I've done it justice! :D
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silverstah Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brilliant, as usual!
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