portraits of regiment officers

Now here’s a bunch of ‘real men’, as you can see at first sight. All of them Frisians bearing resounding noble names, who have fought in defence of their country.

Portraits of the Orange-Friesland regiment officers, Bernardus Accama, 1731-1732

Portraits of the Orange-Friesland regiment officers, Bernardus Accama, 1731-1732

These men are the officers of the Orange Friesland Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Royal Netherlands’ Army. In 1731 the stadholder had all his officers portrayed in full attire by Bernardus Accama – a one-off action, unique in Europe. The officers portrayed here are those with Frisian names.

Although the men look almost identical with their white-powdered wigs, orange sashes and elegant gloves, the painter took care to include small differences in each portrait.

Spot the differences!