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The examination for the post of Acting Major, Montreal, 1866

Caption: The examination for the post of Acting Major, Montreal, 1866

This vingette of military life was painted by Captain Francis G. Coleridge of the 1st battalion of the 25th (the King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot. The seated figure is an officer in a blue frock coat, worn by officers as an undress uniform. The work detail (with shouldered brooms...) is made up of common soldiers wearing red shell jackets or shirtsleeves. Note that even indoors, hats were commonly worn. Coleridge's entire album of 90 paintings is now in the collection of the Library and Archives Canada. (Library and Archives Canada, C-102547)