Colonel Francis Hammond

Painted by an unknown artist, Francis Hammond was a career soldier who had fought on the Continent and even though he was getting on, in the Civil War, noteably leading the royalist Forlorn Hope at Edgehill in 1642. We have already seen his brother, Robert Hammond who was involved in the Kentish Uprising.

He’s clad in what looks like full armour with gilt rivets, though often this was something that was reserved for portraits rather than something you’d wear on the field. His scarf is nicely embroidered and fringed and his falling band, though plain has very fine hems and a nicely knotted bandstring tassel. The portrait is part of the Canterbury Museums Collection.

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One Comment to “Colonel Francis Hammond”

  1. It looks like he may have a glass eye as well – there’s scarring at the brow on his left side, and his left eye is not only glossier than the right, but lazy, and with a different tone and pupil shape. Not completely unexpected for a badass of the era, either.

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