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Set with Four Original Watercolor Paintings of British Soldiers in Revolutionary War Uniforms by Cecil C.P. Lawson Author of "History of the Uniforms of the British Army"

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Framed for Display, Set of Four Original Hand-Painted Artist-Made Watercolor Paintings displaying British Soldiers in their Revolutionary War Uniforms, beautifully presented by Cecil C.P. Lawson (1880-1967), the historian and author of "History of the Uniforms of the British Army", Choice Near Mint.

Set of Four, original Pen and Ink Watercolor Paintings, mounted as a set under UV Plexiglas in a 20-3/4" x 17" frame, depicting the colorful Uniforms worn by soldiers of the British Army during the American Revolution and earlier. These four original Paintings were executed by CECIL C.P. LAWSON (1880-1967), historian and author of , "History of the Uniforms of the British Army", for which he created illustrations such as those presented here. This reference work is a series of five volumes, published in London in 1962. Original first edition sets of his book are very rare, one set is currently offered new online at over $900. Each Painting could be separately individually framed and displayed, once removed from the current frame if desired. No doubt, each of these impressive original illustration artworks are valuable to collectors.

1. The illustration in the upper-left corner is a full-length frontal view of a grenadier in a red coat with a high mitre-style hat with a metal front plate, and carrying a musket, sword, bayonet, and accouterments box.

2. The illustration at upper right appears to depict soldiers of an earlier era, possibly circa the English Civil War. The rank-and-file wear lobster-tailed pot helmets, red coats, and yellow pantaloons, while their officer wears a blue coat with a wide-brimmed hat trimmed with a feather. A drummer brings up the rear.

3. The two bottom illustrations depict uniforms more typical of those used and worn during the American Revolution: the left-hand example depicts a line of five soldiers standing in front of a fortification, each wearing a distinct uniform, depicting different styles of beaver grenadier and tricorn hats, red coats of the coatee and tunic styles with blue and gold facings. One is clad in a heavy brown woolen cloak, while another, is clad in a blue coat, perhaps representing a Hessian mercenary.

4. The final illustration depicts an British Officer armed with a spontoon, with his gorget and a tricorn hat, and two grenadiers with their bayonets fixed and their muskets at the ready.

Each illustration is unsigned, although an inscription on the bottom-right of the mat edge identifies them as "Originals by Cecil C.P. Lawson". All are highly colorful with excellent eye appeal Extremely Fine or better; the bottom right illustration has a short .75” fine split in the upper right edge.

Obviously unique, and a wonderful display piece that is ready to hang on display and certain to generate lots of positive comments and conversation. (4 Paintings)
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