Sir Henry is a ghost who inhabits the emails between my good self and a gentleman who lives in North Germany. This is one of his adventures – accidents. The “Colours” in military terms means the flag of course. In my hands, it became a little more elaborate. Windsor and Newton are a famous manufacturer of paints that my grandfather swore by.
Sir H was unlucky at Waterloo. You may or may not know that the “Artists Rifles” were actually formed in 1812. This was part of the British King William IV’s commitment to Windsor and Newton. The Duke of Wellington had the Artists Rifles cycle across to the left flank where they could await Blucher. The point being that as artists they were good with colours, and so would be able to see Blucher before anyone else. There are problems associated with an infantry unit dedicated to painting pictures. Once it has all the easels set up, the canvasses stretched in military order, the paint boxes all in the regulation line, it is less agile than a Roman Testudo.