HALS, Frans
(b. 1580, Antwerpen, d. 1666, Haarlem)

Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard (detail)

Oil on canvas
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem

The places the officers occupy are in strict accord with military protocol. The colonel, the company's highest ranking officer, is seated at the head of the table; at his right is the provost, the second ranking officer. They are flanked by the company's three captains and the three lieutenants are at the lower end of the table. The three ensigns, who were not members of the officer corps, and the servant stand.