Royal Equerry in full dress uniform, late 19th century cdv


The carte de visite portrait by Maul & Fox, Photographers to the Royal Family, 187 Piccadilly, London shows the officer, identified on the verso in a contemporary hand as Col Larking, three quarter length with his arm resting on a piece of furniture holding his cocked hat. The tunic is similar to that of an Aide de Camp, scarlet with blue facings, but it does not have the gold cords worn across the front and the gauntlet cuffs in this case have four ornaments rather than the ADC’s three – these described in Dress Regulations as gold embroidered frog-drop loops. His sword is the general officer’s pattern but would have had different mounts on the langets. There are some annoying little spots on the card [possibly in the negative] but otherwise it is in good condition. may25/2  SOLD 18th March 2023

Colonel Cuthbert Larkin is recorded as being an Equerry variously to H. R. H. The Duke of Connaught and later to H. R. H. The Prince of Wales  but we have had difficulty in finding details of his service record.

Provenance: This cdv was in an album put together by General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.,S,I., A. D. C. We acquired this in a large archive of the general’s papers, documents, and photographs . Lumsden served almost his entire career in India but also had strong connections with Queen Victoria and his albums included many senior officers on both Royal and Viceregal Staffs.