English School, circa 1680 A Gentleman, said to be Brigadier General Thomas Meredith, wearing gold cloak, blue waistcoat, white chemise, stock and lace jabot, long curled natural wig
Lot 13
English School
circa 1680
A Gentleman, said to be Brigadier General Thomas Meredith, wearing gold cloak, blue waistcoat, white chemise, stock and lace jabot, long curled natural wig
Sold for £625 (US$ 1,003) inc. premium

Lot Details
English School, circa 1680
A Gentleman, said to be Brigadier General Thomas Meredith, wearing gold cloak, blue waistcoat, white chemise, stock and lace jabot, long curled natural wig.
Watercolour on vellum, gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting.
Oval, 73mm (2 7/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Thomas Meredith was a Protestant Irishman, who first saw active service against the French in Flanders, where he showed himself to be an able and determined leader. On February 13th, 1702, Meredith raised a new regiment in his name and the following year joined the British troops serving on the Continent under the then Earl of Marlborough.

    Meredith's "blooding" came in 1704 in the storming of the French Bavarian position on the Schellenberg. This action was the prelude to the Battle of Blenheim, but Marlborough's magnificent victory could not have been achieved had not the road to Blenheim been cleared by the earlier success at Schellenberg. This action cost Meredith's regiment 14 officers and 80 men. They were also present at Blenheim, although on that occasion they only had to drive off groups of already demoralized French in the closing stages of the battle.
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