Robert William Satchwell (British, active 1793-1818) General Sir John Doyle, 1st Baronet GCB, KCH (1756–1834), wearing scarlet uniform with dark blue facings and standing collar, gold braiding and epaulette, star of the Order of the Bath, white frilled chemise and black stock
Lot 148
Robert William Satchwell
(British, active 1793-1818)
General Sir John Doyle, 1st Baronet GCB, KCH (1756–1834), wearing scarlet uniform with dark blue facings and standing collar, gold braiding and epaulette, star of the Order of the Bath, white frilled chemise and black stock
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,217) inc. premium

Lot Details
Robert William Satchwell (British, active 1793-1818)
General Sir John Doyle, 1st Baronet GCB, KCH (1756–1834), wearing scarlet uniform with dark blue facings and standing collar, gold braiding and epaulette, star of the Order of the Bath, white frilled chemise and black stock.
Signed and dated on the reverse Painted by R. W. Satchwell April 1813, ormolu frame with scroll leaf and rocaille decoration.
Rectangular, 77mm (3 1/16in) high
Provenance: Lawrences, Crewkwerne, 28 April 1977, lot 428.

Footnotes

  • The sitter portrayed in the present lot had previously been identified as General Sir Charles William Doyle (1770-1842). Comparison with an oil portrait of c.1810 by Margaret Carpenter (1793-1872) (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Acq. no.39.795) confirms that Doyle had blue eyes, making this previous identification untenable.

    Sir John Doyle was the fourth son of Charles Doyle (d.1769) of Bramblestown, County Kilkenny and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Nicholas Milley of Johnville, County Kilkenny. Destined for a legal career, Doyle was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1769 but followed his younger brother, Welbore Ellis, into the army two years later, purchasing an ensigncy in the 48th foot. He served with distinction in the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars, particularly at Brooklyn, where he rescued the body of his commanding officer. In 1793, Doyle raised his own regiment, the 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, serving in Holland, Gibraltar and Egypt.

    The latter part of Doyle's career included his appointment as Private Secretary to George IV. He was also appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1803 where he served until 1813. Doyle was appointed Knight Bachelor in 1813, General in 1819 and a Knight of the Bath in 1821. It has been suggested that the present lot may have been commissioned on the occasion of this latter appointment. On 29 October 1825 Doyle was created a baronet, but upon his death, his baronetcy became extinct. John Ramsay and Sir Thomas Lawrence, amongst others painted his portrait.

Saleroom notices

  • It has now been confirmed that General Sir John Doyle was created a Knight of the Bath (K.B.) on 1st February 1813, when this order consisted of a single class. This miniature, clearly showing the breast star of a pre-1815 K.B. rather than the post-1815 G.C.B. insignia, was almost certainly commissioned by the sitter to celebrate his elevation to the original order, before its reorganisation into three classes in 1815. We apologise for any confusion which has arisen from the footnote.
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