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Engraving - Guard-Mounting, St. James' Palace, 1790
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Engraving - Guard-Mounting, St. James' Palace, 1790

Measurements: Overall: 57cm (22.5in) x 42cm (16.5in)

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Engraving with contemporary hand colouring showing the regimental band of the Grenadier Guards at St. James’s Palace. Published anonymously, circa 1790.

‘The Musical Directory’, London of 1794 gives 34 Tufton Street, Westminster as the address of Mr Elrington, flute player and bandmaster of the 1st Foot Guards. The same source mentions sixteen other members of the band, five of whom had the same address. The instrumentation was one flute, six clarinets, three bassoons, three horns, one trumpet, two serpents and one drums. Another report of the period omits mention of drums but does talk of 'Turkish Music', referring to the contemporary fashion for flamboyant percussion instruments. As can be seen these instruments were played by black musicians, who, when it came to smaller items such as cymbals and tambourines, were often very young, hence the diminutive figures. The bass drummer, however, was invariably older with a formidable physique.
 

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