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Sara Cutler

    The National Galleries of Scotland has Loutherbourg’s ‘The landing of British troops at Aboukir, 8 March 1801’, showing a good selection of different naval hats of the period.

    De Loutherbourg’s preliminary sketch of Sir William Sidney Smith was not sporting a hat when it was executed, so I do not know who decided on the style depicted.

    That aside, apart from the straw ‘boater’ of the oarsman and the selection of typical workmen’s hat sported by members of the lower ranks, could anyone hazard a guess as to what material the hat of the seaman in the lower left of the picture is constructed from? On closer inspection the individual panels of its construction can clearly be seen, along with its lighter lining?

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