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I am currently doing some resaerch on a painting (1827) of George Jones RA (6 January 1786 – 19 September 1869). He was a British painter and Keeper of the Royal Academy, most famous for his paintings of military subjects incl. Waterloo.

 

The scene shown here is just a smal section of a larger painting depticting a smal German city on the Rhine.

 

My interpretation is that it shows a young couple on the rigth side and the wife’s mother as well as a priest on the left.

 

The groom seems to wear a red jacket with a black collar and golden embroidery as well as an unknown headgear.

 

Is this a British uniform and if so which one?

 

Any help would be highly appreviated.

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I don't know if this will be helpful, but it looks like the soldier in the painting is wearing a gorget around his neck which means that he's an officer (or maybe my eyes are deceiving me.)  His hat looks like a not-very-accurately drawn field bonnet worn by the Royal Sappers & Miners.  The uniform ensemble does, in fact, resemble the sappers and miners working dress (not their regular uniforms) from around the year 1825.  I am puzzled  by the absence of buttons and shoulder straps on the tunic of the man on your painting.  (Maybe the artist just overlooked including these details.)  Perhaps you could use this information as a springboard for further research.  Simi.

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Thank you.

The painter actually was a soldier himself so he should have had the necessary knowledge.

Since none of our British experts reacted I wonder whether it is a uniform at all?

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I think it's a uniform because I believe the man is wearing a British officer's gorget around his neck.  I looked up George Jones and found a picture of him as an older man.  Do you think it's possible that Mr. Jones included himself in the painting?  I am seeing an uncanny resemblance between Jones and the figure in the painting.  Simi. 

 

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The nose - the chin (!) - the eye sockets - you could be right.

 

Jones bore a strong resemblance to Wellington and was sometimes mistaken for him.

 

Would any of the experts be so kind as to enlighten us with respect to the uniform?

 

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I was looking at an auction catalog today and noticed this picture of what is called a "Mess Jacket" for a British infantry officer.  The question is, did any branches or units of the British Army wear mess jackets that looked like this in 1827?  Simi.     

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The mess jacket you show, Simius, was an evolution of the stable jacket, which - as the name suggests - was an undress jacket worn when working in the stables.

However, I think it is a red herring in this particular case. As the OP states, the figure is from a small detail and I would suggest that the ‘absence’ Of buttons etc is simply down to the small scale the artist is working in, here.

As an aside, I agree with you that the figure is wearing a gorget and would add that the black area round his neck is a representation of the black silk stock officers of the time wore and which you can sort of see in the interesting image of the working dress of Royal Sappers and Miners you posted. I suspect that this ‘working dress’ was more generally the undress worn by officers of the period, which would have been worn rather than Full Dress for 'walking out'  - as shown in the OP's picture.

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