Portrait of a moustached middle aged man in a fire uniform. He is standing facing the viewer and looking towards the viewer. The portrait ends at mid thigh. He has close cropped brown hair. The tunic is dark coloured. There are layered gold circles in a line over both shoulders and extending for several inches down from the shoulders to the armpits. At the waist is leather belt with a square gold buckle. Two lines of gold buttons run up the front of the tunic. One set is below the belt, the rest are above the belt. Two chains run from one line of buttons to the other. One runs from the second from the top right button to the third from the top left button. The other runs from the third from the top button hole with part of the button visible under the edge of the tunic. It loops across and under the fourth from the top left button and ends with a loop attached to the tunic to the left of the line of buttons. A whistle hands from the loop. On his right is a stand with a gold helmet sitting on it. It has an insignia on the front. There is a second insignia at the end of the raised crest that runs over the top of the helmet. There is a published photograph of Superintendent H. Gladding on p.14 of The Auckland Fire Brigade 1874-1974 that shows the insignia more clearly.
1 art print : colour ; 95 x 80 cm.
1890s. Portrait of H. Gladding, 08-951. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).