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A Soldier of the 4th Foot 'The King's Own' Regiment, 1742
In May 1929 he wrote to the Curator of Lancaster Museum on hearing the news of the establishment of the King's Own Museum. He wrote "I am an invalided ex officer (retired) and have now taken up my former hobby of painting etc to support myself and family. I am specialising in sketches etc of past and present uniforms of the British Army."
The sample figure, shown left, is 11 inches high and cost 6 shillings and 6 pence each. Figures were also available at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 feet high. (25, 35, 50, 70 shillings and £5 5 shillings respectively).
"The wooden figures in my opinion" he wrote "make the more interesting exhibits for museum purposes, the two foot and three foot sizes being most suitable. They are large enough to shew the small details which are often so important in uniforms.
Lieutenant Howell had already provided figures to the Royal Scots Regiment, Royal Scots Fusiliers, The Rifle Brigade, The Worcester Regiment and The Border Regiment.
The King's Own Museum never took up the opportunity to obtain a set of figures to illustrate the sartorial history of the regiment, all that survives in the sample figure.
Related items in the museums collection:
Other Examples of the work of Lieutenant Ernest Vernon Howell:
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