Attributed to William Miers (British, 1793-1863) General Sir Robert Abercromby GCB (1740-1827), wearing dark blue coat with gold and scarlet facings, gold epaulettes, Imperial Order of the Crescent, white chemise and black stock
Lot 35Y
Attributed to William Miers
(British, 1793-1863)
General Sir Robert Abercromby GCB (1740-1827), wearing dark blue coat with gold and scarlet facings, gold epaulettes, Imperial Order of the Crescent, white chemise and black stock
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,261) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Attributed to William Miers (British, 1793-1863)
General Sir Robert Abercromby GCB (1740-1827), wearing dark blue coat with gold and scarlet facings, gold epaulettes, Imperial Order of the Crescent, white chemise and black stock.
Signed on the obverse and dated Miers ft 1823, gold frame, the reverse glazed.
Oval, 60mm (2 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Robert was born at his family's Scottish estate of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire, on 13 October 1740, the fifth child of George Abercromby (1705-1800) and Mary Dundas (d.1767).

    Having served in the French and Indian War, Robert was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1761 as a result of his gallantry at Fort Ticonderoga. He went on to see active service in the American Revolutionary conflicts at Long Island, Brandywine, Crooked Billet and Monmouth and commanded the British forces at the sieges of Charleston and Yorktown. From 1790-1797, Robert served as a Colonel with the 75th Foot in India where he eventually became Commander-in-Chief, successfully leading the Bombay Army during the Third Anglo-Mysore War (1790–92).

    Robert succeeded his elder brother, Ralph, as MP for County Clackmannan in 1798 and became Govenor of Edinburgh Castle in 1801. The following year, Robert was elevated to the rank of General although due to his increasingly debilitating blindness, he never saw active service again and was forced to step down from his seat in the House of Commons. He is the oldest serving General in the British Army, to date.
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