English School, circa 1820 General Sir George Napier (1784-1855), seated upon a red upholstered armchair and wearing dark blue coat with black collar and button straps, one of which supporting a gold monocle, cream breeches and waistcoat, white chemise and black stock, his right sleeve pinned to his coat at his abdomen
Lot 160Y
English School
circa 1820
General Sir George Napier (1784-1855), seated upon a red upholstered armchair and wearing dark blue coat with black collar and button straps, one of which supporting a gold monocle, cream breeches and waistcoat, white chemise and black stock, his right sleeve pinned to his coat at his abdomen
Sold for £812 (US$ 1,274) inc. premium

Lot Details
English School, circa 1820
General Sir George Napier (1784-1855), seated upon a red upholstered armchair and wearing dark blue coat with black collar and button straps, one of which supporting a gold monocle, cream breeches and waistcoat, white chemise and black stock, his right sleeve pinned to his coat at his abdomen.
Oil on plaster laid onto wood panel, mounted within a glazed gilt-metal frame with brown velvet slip and standing attachment to the reverse.
Rectangular, 144mm (5 11/16in) high

Footnotes

  • George was the second son of Colonel George Napier (1751–1804) and his second wife, Lady Sarah Bunbury, née Lennox (1745–1826). Having joined the 24th Light Dragoons in 1800, George's behaviour whilst numbered amongst their ranks, concerned his father enough to have him swiftly transferred to a foot regiment. Three years later, George attained his captaincy whilst serving in the 52nd Light Infantry. It was during his time with the regiment that George served under Sir John Moore (1761-1809) at Shorncliffe and in several conflicts during the Peninsular campaign of 1809-1811. George soon became a favourite of Sir John, who appointed him aide-de-camp at the Battle of Corunna. On 16 January 1812, George's right arm was broken by a rogue shell. Three days later, he lost the arm entirely whilst fighting at Ciudad Rodrigo. Having received the Peninsular gold medal for valour in the vanguard, George returned home to England where he married Margaret Craig (d.1819) of Glasgow. The couple had five children. Twenty years after Margaret's death, George wed the widowed Frances Dorothea Williams-Freeman, née Blencowe (d.1881).

    Having returned to active service in 1814, George received a rapid succession of promotions as he ascended quickly through the ranks, achieving that of General in 1854. Between 1837-1843, George held the post of Govenor and Commander-in-Chief of the Cape of Good Hope, during which time he stoically enforced the abolition of slavery. Returning to Europe in 1844, George lived out the remainder of his life in Nice, eventually dying in Geneva in 1855. George had documented his military experience for his children, a work which his youngest son published in 1885 under the title, 'Passsages in the Early Military Life of General Sir G. T. Napier'.
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