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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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:iconrampanttycho:
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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:iconcolonelliamross:
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, 'stah! :D That's always a compliment, coming from you. :)
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Limey-Yankee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
What an outstanding job. Bravo! It's so rare these days to find *true* history lovers. It's even rarer to find Wolfe fans, too. Beautiful uniform--I'm sure the general would approve. ;-)
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly! Yeah, I find it appalling that most people's closest association with history comes through stuff like "Hetalia." Ugh.

Oh man, Wolfe is SUCH a neat dude! What's not to love! :D
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
This is amazing! You look so legit in this photo; it's almost as if it's a portrait of a person from way back when (not that I actually know that much about male clothing from the 1750s -_-;).
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! :D That's wicked to hear since it's totally what I intended. Wayyy awesome...
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow looks great! nice picture too!
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :D
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: welcome
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Goldarnit, I do love this uniform.

I have the urge to expend vast quantities of cash on c18th uniform again, It's between 7 years war (Navy or Army), 1775 (Cheshire OR's) and 1805 (Naval officer or OR Marine), as the font of all that is c18th, what would you suggest and do you plan any events this year?
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks, Vyse. :D

Hmm, that's a good urge to have. I would almost go 7 Years, just because isn't done that often (at least done well). 7 Years Navy would be particularly spiff. I'm partial to Admiral Boscawen's stuff myself.... [link]

No 18th century events this year but butt-loads of early 16th century German stuff. Can't wait. You and Si are getting pretty heavy into the re-enactment, eh? Way awesome.
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
I think this would be an easy place to start and add the lace myself?

[link]
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
I am very, very tempted with the Norrie uniform/Boscawen... I've always wanted one, It would be insanely pricey to have made, though I did find a girl in Poland or somewhere who made a replica that looked perfect, and not for more than £300, but, cheap lace - If I could supply her with correct lace then that would be perfect!

Gah, too tempting!!!!!

I think the best all rounder would be a Marine circa 1775 as that would do for early napoleonic and just about 1750 ish...

Yeah, we're lucky with the reenacting, plenty to do and some very welcoming groups!!!


I'd still like to do the fete de nouvelle france one year!
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bigbellyfatbob Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
*FLAILS*

This. Is. AWESOME.

It just made my day. xD
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
*return flail*

Very glad to hear it!
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Ysa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
:heart:
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, thanks, *Ysa! :D :D
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BaBQ Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
My compliments sir...well done!! Now comes the jollification!!
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:iconcolonelliamross:
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly! :D
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:iconbabq:
BaBQ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
You Are Always Welcome!! "Keep Creating Works of Art!!"
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:iconpixkitty:
pixkitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   General Artist
She's a she. Lolz
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:iconcolonelliamross:
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
HAHA.
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:iconbabq:
BaBQ Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I'm glad U told me.
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, no worries at all, BaBQ. :) People get it mixed up all the time. It's what I get for constantly cross-dressing.
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BaBQ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Some R just jealous of your talents.
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pixkitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   General Artist
Sarcasm + internet = fail.
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:iconbabq:
BaBQ Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Interesting.
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benchowfat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Too coincidental!! Just yesterday I was collecting redcoat images as I was thinking of doing a drawing of Wolfe based on an English folk song about him, 'Bold General Wolfe'. Totally using this photo as reference now.

'Now the French was landed on the mountains high,
and we poor hearts in the valley lie.
"Nevermind my lads!" General Wolfe did say,
"Brave lads of honour, brave lads of honour,
Old England shall win the day."
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, no way! You know what they say... great minds and all that. Very glad I could help!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Artist
*swoon*
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
It's not fair is it?!?!?!

I'm back in the mood for the c18th, i've been doing an awful lot of WW2 Royal navy.

I hope you're well!!!
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Idzit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Artist
Gah! I'm ok... I have a cold at the moment.
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Teehee. Exxxxcellent. :D
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Faithfulguardian Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, if my eyes were not attached inside my skull they would be on my keyboard because of this awesomeness!
the national gallery you say? well, i'll have to take a short bus trip downtown to see this before going home for the season :)
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly! :D I've never seen it myself but the Library and Archives of Canada claim it's there. It would be stellar to see it in person!
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why so serious Major?

I'll never get over how good this uniform looks.
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Good job with this! And, as far as the haircut is concerned, I suppose a new look means new opportunities for your costume-making ;)
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, it definitely does! :D That was sort of the logic behind my decision there anyways. I've got a few projects coming up that require shorter, dark hair....
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Cool - looking forward to seeing what you come up with, then.
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