George Engleheart (British, 1750-1829) Sir Charles Malcolm (1782-1851), wearing Naval uniform, gold trimmed blue coat with gold buttons embossed with anchors, gold epaulettes, white waistcoat, frilled chemise held with gold stickpin and tied stock
Lot 104Y
George Engleheart
(British, 1750-1829)
Sir Charles Malcolm (1782-1851), wearing Naval uniform, gold trimmed blue coat with gold buttons embossed with anchors, gold epaulettes, white waistcoat, frilled chemise held with gold stickpin and tied stock
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 16,126) inc. premium
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George Engleheart (British, 1750-1829)
Sir Charles Malcolm (1782-1851), wearing Naval uniform, gold trimmed blue coat with gold buttons embossed with anchors, gold epaulettes, white waistcoat, frilled chemise held with gold stickpin and tied stock.
Signed on the obverse with the cursive E, gilt-metal frame.
Oval, 90mm (3 9/16in) high
Provenance: By family descent
Literature: G.C. Williamson; George Engleheart, 1902, App.I, p.107

Footnotes

  • Sir Charles Malcolm is recorded in Engleheart's fee book as having sat for his portrait in 1806.

    The younger brother of Sir Pulteney Malcolm (see lot X), Charles also served in the British Navy.

    In 1791 he set sail aboard the Vengeance, commanded by his uncle, Thomas Pasley and then served on the Penelope with his brother Pulteney, then First Lieutenant in 1793. Two years later, both he and Pulteney sailed to the East Indies on the Fox and for a time served together aboard the Suffolk. Charles was promoted to Lieutenant in 1799. He remained with her until 1801 when he was appointed Acting Commander of the sloop Albatross. In 1803, Charles returned home as Acting Captain of the Eurydice and found that he had been promoted to Captain in December 1802.

    At the start of the Napoleonic Wars, Charles commanded the Raisonnable and 1806-9, the frigate, Narcissus on the coast of France and Portugal. In early 1809 he went out to the West Indies and took part in the capture of the Saintes Islands. On his return to England he transferred to the Rhin, in which during 1812 and 1813 he co-operated with the patriots on the north coast of Spain. Charles spent 1813-1814 between the West Indies and the coast of Brazil.

    On the 18th July 1815, having been joined by the frigates Menelaus and Havannah and the sloops Fly and Ferret, he landed a party of seamen and marines at Corrijou on the coast of Brittany, stormed the battery, and brought out of the harbour three small armed vessels and a convoy under their protection. This action had become customary but was the last of its kind during this war. In September 1817 Charles fitted out the Sibylle (44 guns), as flag captain to Sir Home Popham in the West Indies where he was injured in February 1819.

    Charles was knighted in 1827 by Marquess Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Towards the end of that year he was appointed Superintendent of the Bombay Marine. Charles arrived in Bombay in June 1828 and held this post for ten years. The introduction and establishment of steam navigation in the Red Sea were also largely due to Sir Charles Malcolm. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1837 and Vice-Admiral ten years later.

    Charles was first married in 1808 to a cousin, Magdalene and secondly in 1829 to Elmira Riddell, the youngest daughter of Major-General Shaw. With his first wife he had one daughter, and with his second, three sons, two of whom became naval officers. Sir Charles Malcolm died in Brighton and was buried in the catacombs in Brighton cemetery.
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