Naive portrait of a senior officer who had served at Waterloo. Possibly Gen. Sir Peregrine Maitland
The portrait, which measures 20 x 14 ins, 49.5 x 35 cm, is on paper with which is pasted to old linen. It was sold to us as a watercolour but we are entirely sure of the medium. The three quarter length figure wears the medal for the Battle of Waterloo which sa Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815. Alongside that is an enamelled badge of a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath and above it on a blue ribbon is the Guelphic Order introduced from Hanover by the Prince Regent in the same year. The smaller enamelled order remains to be identified. Despite the poor rendering of the hands the face is well done and the portrait is an attractive decorative item just looking for a decent frame. aug14/2
Following very helpful advice from a firend and customer we now believe this is a portrait of General Sir Peregrine Maitland, G.C.B. [1777 – 1854] joined the 1st Foot Guards [now the Grenadier Guards] in 1792, serving in Flanders and the Peninsular and rising to command the 1st Brigade of Guards at Nivelle. Followimg distinguished service at Waterloo he was Governor of Upper Canada, and briefly, 1836-38 was Commander in chief at Madras.
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