I decided to dust off my painting supplies and try painting a figure study. I have several sketches or doodles I've done over the years and decided to do this one. This is being done while putty and or glue dries and to also warm up for the next APG (Artist Preservation group) project. The subject The subject will be a drummer from the 4th Maryland Independent Company, 1776. In august of 1776 the commander of the company, Captain James Hindman contracted with a Philadelphia tailor to provide 100 coats and 95 waistcoats. Included in the reciept were the details for the drummer's and fifer's coats. They were to be made from "3yds red knap...1/4 ditto of brown cloth for facings,...1 3/4 yards of shalloon," and for the whole, "2 gross of hooks and eyes." Based on the this the coats appear to close by the use of hooks and eyes as there is not mention of buttons on the reciept. This is the type of information that really helps in putting together an interesting reconstruction. Below is the original sketch with the reduced version that will become the final painting.