Original Watercolour, 35th Foot, Dorsetshire Regiment 1785-89 Uniforms, Charles C. Stadden Plate # 9
The regiment returned to America arriving at Boston in April 1775 for service in the American Revolutionary War. It suffered tremendous casualties at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775: of the Light Infantry, all officers and non-commissioned officers were killed or wounded and of the Grenadier Company only five soldiers were alive and unscathed. The regiment suffered the hardships of the Siege of Boston in spring 1776 before sailing to New York and taking part in the Battle of Long Island in July 1776 and the Battle of Harlem Heights in September 1776. The commanding officer of the regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carr, was killed at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776 and, under fresh command, the regiment fought again at the Battle of Fort Washington in November 1776. It saw action in the Philadelphia campaign during much of 1777 and then sailed for the West Indies in July 1778. It took part in the Capture of St. Lucia in December 1778 and then returned to England in September 1785.
Size is 205 mm x 253 mm, (approx. 8" x 10") hand painted on stiff paper. 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, please view all pictures.