PORTRAIT OF A LIEUTENANT COLONEL/LIEUTENANT GENERAL - CIRCLE OF SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY R.A.
Striking and superb quality 19th century portrait of an infantry officer seated upon a chair, within green velvet draped interior, from an artist in the circle of Sir William Beechey R.A (1753 - 1839)
The handsome sitter is painted half length, eyes to centre. He wears a British military jacket with a decorated high white wool collar, elaborate fringed epaulettes and a row of ten paired brass buttons. The National Army Museum have confirmed that the size of the bullion on the epaulettes points to the sitter being a Lieutenant Colonel or Lieutenant General, they have also stated that the white edging on his collar denotes one of the following regiments: the 17th, 32nd, 41st, 43rd, 47th, 59th, 65th, 74th, or 98th.
This genre of portrait was popular during the 19th century and there were many artists working in this area for both private commissions and public display. However this touching portrait of a charismatic gentleman, has all the hallmarks of a brilliant artist who knew how to get to the heart and soul of his subjects. It is beautifully presented in a fine antique gilt frame with corner spandrels, from the same period, and is ready to hang and enjoy.
Canvas : 25" x 30" / 63cm x 76cm.
Frame: 34" x 38" / 86cm x 96cm.
Internal Ref: 00051