Original Military Watercolour, 32nd Foot, Cornwall Regiment, #4, by Artist Charles C. Stadden
The regiment was first raised by Colonel Edward Fox as Edward Fox’s Regiment of Marines in 1702 to fight in the War of Spanish Succession. Elements of the regiment joined the fleet which sailed from Spithead in July 1702 and saw action as marines at the Battle of Vigo Bay in October 1702. The marines returned to England in November 1702. The regiment also took part in the capture and defence of Gibraltar in July 1704 and suffered very heavy losses at the Battle of Almansa in April 1707. It was disbanded in 1713 but re-raised as Jacob Borr’s Regiment of Foot in 1714. It then served in Ireland from 1716 to 1734. In summer 1742 the regiment was despatched to Belgium for service in the War of the Austrian Succession: it was held in reserve at the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743 but fought at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745. The regiment returned to England in October 1745 and were stationed in Lancashire during the Jacobite rising in 1745. On 1 July 1751 a royal warrant was issued declaring that in future regiments were no longer to be known by their colonel's name, but by the "Number or Rank of the Regiment". Accordingly, General Francis Leighton's Regiment was renamed as the 32nd Regiment of Foot.
In late 1775, Rockingham Castle, which had been hired to transport three companies of the regiment, along with a number of their families, making for Cobh in a heavy gale, mistook Robert's Cove for the entrance to Cork harbour, and was driven onto a lee shore at Reannie's Bay, a few miles distant. The master and crew of the ship were drowned, as were about ninety of the passengers. In 1782 all regiments of the line without a royal title were given a county designation and the regiment became the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot. In 1796 the regiment was deployed to Saint-Domingue as part of the response to a rebellion there but one of the transport ships was captured by the French Navy and some soldiers from the regiment, along with Lieutenant General Frederick Wetherall, became prisoners of war. The regiment were also sent to Dublin as part of the response to the Irish Rebellion in 1803.
Size is 205 mm x 253 mm, (approx. 8" x 10") hand painted on stiff paper. Comes with detailed notes from the artist on the uniforms. Will be listing other original plates from the same fabulous archive.
Charles C. Stadden (always known to friends and family as Chas) was born in Leytonstone, London on 12th June 1919.
During his full time military service Charles was with the Royal Army Service Corps (Horse Transport), The Cyprus Regiment and also the Royal Fusiliers.
By the time he was demobilised in 1946 he was a Sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers and had seen active service at Dunkirk, Eritrea, Abyssinia, Crete, Syria, Sicily and Cassino, Italy.
On the reconstitution of the Territorial Army in the post-war period he served as a Sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers T.A. and then the Royal Sussex Regiment T.A., until 1967. Charles had been interested like most youngsters in model soldiers, but in 1951 he decided to turn his hand to their commercial production. The experience gained in light engineering before the war assisted him in revolutionising some of the manufacturing techniques.
Whilst still producing ‘master’ models for manufacturers he allowed his artistic talents to return to drawing and painting and the current interest in military uniforms made his work much sought after. His name is included with the renowned military artists of an earlier era such as Harry Payne and Richard Simpkin.
He has also authored and illustrated several books, including The Life Guards, Dress and Appointments 1660-1914, Coldstream Guards: Dress and Appointments, 1658-1972 and illustrated Uniforms of the Royal Marines: From 1664 to the Present Day. Some of his prints are in the collection of the National Army Museum, this item however is not a print but an original piece of artwork from his own hand.
Excellent condition except for the punch holes which can be covered over, not affecting the content.