Private Corporal of the South Fencibles, c. 1780
Watermark and all, this is probably one of my favorite images of a British Soldier during the period of the American Revolution.
A divergence with the regulars’ regulation uniform is what appears to be a fringed epaulette worn on this fencible’s right shoulder. Though obscured by his firelock, there may very well be a matching one on his left. In the regular army, corporals wore a single silk epaulette on the right shoulder.
Mistake! This is actually a corporal, despite what the inscription on the frame says-
Detail, Corporal, Battalion Company, South Fencibles
Infantry Corporal, Henry William Bunbury
Thanks to the 18th Century Material Culture Research Center.