Major General John Day Stokes, Madras Infantry. Oil portrait, English School, circa 1855.


John Day Stokes joined the Madras Army in 1817 and served in several regiments, becoming a lieutenant colonel in 1841. He acted as private secretary on the staff of Lord Metcalfe and was Resident at the court of Mysore in the 1840s. In 1854 he was promoted to major general. He died in Tralee, County Kerry in 1862. The portrait is painted in oil on canvas and there appears to be no signature. The visible canvas measures 22 x 27ins 56 x 69cm] and the overall size of the frame is 31 x 36ins [71 x 91cm. The bust length portrait shows Stokes in the uniform of a Colonel, a rank he achieved in 1851 would suggest that it was painted shortly before he achieved his highest rank rank in 1854. He was on furlough in 1853/4 and perhaps the portrait was painted when he was England then. It has been cleaned and re-lined. The gilt gesso decorated frame is probably the original and certainly of the period although it has been fairly recently re-painted, probably when the painting was relined. An old label on the reverse has some family details and is dated 1952.

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