William Egley (British, 1798-1870), after John Cox Dillman Engleheart, The Hon. Sir Hercules Robert Pakenham (1781-1850), wearing scarlet jacket with dark blue facings and gold epaulettes of the Coldstream Guards, a medal pinned to his lapel

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William Egley (British, 1798-1870), after John Cox Dillman Engleheart, The Hon. Sir Hercules Robert Pakenham (1781-1850), wearing scarlet jacket with dark blue facings and gold epaulettes of the Coldstream Guards, a medal pinned to his lapel

Sold for £ 5,520 (US$ 6,900) inc. premium
William Egley (British, 1798-1870), after John Cox Dillman Engleheart (1784-1862)
The Hon. Sir Hercules Robert Pakenham, Knight Lieutenant General (1781-1850), wearing scarlet jacket with dark blue facings and gold epaulettes of the Coldstream Guards, a medal pinned to his lapel
signed and inscribed on the reverse, The late/ Sir Hercules Pakenham/ Painted by William Egley/ 8 Montague Street, Portman/ Square. London/ from a/ Miniature by - Engelheart/ July 30. 1855 (sic), gilded wood frame with inner ormolu slip
Rectangular, 83mm. (3 1/4ins.) high
Provenance: By Family Descent, thence to the current owner

Footnotes

  • Hercules Pakenham was born in 1781, the third son of Edward Michael, 2nd Baron Longford and Catherine, second daughter of the Rt. Hon. Hercules Langford Rowley. He entered the army as an ensign in the 40th Foot Regiment on 23rd July 1803 and on becoming a Lieutenant on 3rd February the following year, was transferred to the 90th Rifles, obtaining his own company in August 1805. He served with distinction at Copenhagen and in Portugal, where he was slightly wounded.
    He was promoted to the rank of Major in the West India Regiment in August 1810, and remaining with the Peninsular army, became assistant Adjutant-General of Picton's division at the fall of Badajos, where he was severely wounded, and for which action he was awarded the Gold Cross. He was made brevet Lieut.-Colonel in April 1812, and Lieut.-Colonel of the 26th Cameronians later that year, transferring as Captain and Lieut.-Colonel to the Coldstream Guards in July 1814, a position he held until he retired in 1817.
    He was made Aide-de-Camp to the King in 1825 and appointed Colonel of the 43rd Light Infantry in September 1844, commanding the Portsmouth district between 1843 and 1846. He was made a C.B. on 4th June 1815, and a K.C.B. on 19th July 1838. He died on 7th March 1850 at his house, Langford Lodge, co. Antrim.
    In November 1817 Pakenham married Emily, fourth daughter of Thomas Stapylton, Lord Le Dispenser; they had six sons and three daughters. This miniature was probably painted for the family five years after Pakenham's death by Egley after an earlier portrait by J.C.D. Engleheart, for which the current whereabouts are unknown.
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