John Thomas Barber Beaumont, FSA, FGS (British, 1774-1841) An Officer of the 33rd Foot, identified as Denis Quin, wearing scarlet coat with standing collar, silver epaulette and lace, white cross-belt with silver belt-plate bearing the number 33, white frilled chemise and black stock

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Lot 37Y Ф
John Thomas Barber Beaumont, FSA, FGS
(British, 1774-1841)
An Officer of the 33rd Foot, identified as Denis Quin, wearing scarlet coat with standing collar, silver epaulette and lace, white cross-belt with silver belt-plate bearing the number 33, white frilled chemise and black stock

£ 1,000 - 2,000
US$ 1,300 - 2,500
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John Thomas Barber Beaumont, FSA, FGS (British, 1774-1841)
An Officer of the 33rd Foot, identified as Denis Quin, wearing scarlet coat with standing collar, silver epaulette and lace, white cross-belt with silver belt-plate bearing the number 33, white frilled chemise and black stock.
Watercolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame, the obverse signed with initials ITB, the reverse glazed to reveal gilt monogram DL over brown plaited hair.
Oval, 64mm (2 1/2in) high

Footnotes

  • Commissioned as Captain in the 33rd (1st Yorkshire West Riding) Regiment of Foot on 1 June, 1796, Denis Quin retired from the army in May 1808. During this period officers of the rank of Major and above wore two epaulettes, and as Capt. Quin was promoted to Major on 31 March 1806, the present lot must pre-date this promotion. We can therefore date the work to sometime between c.1796 and 1806.

    It has been suggested that Quin served with the Duke of Wellington as his Military Secretary (see Lawrences, Fine Art Sale; Books, Maps & Manuscripts. 21 July 2011, lot 3426). This would appear a plausible suggestion as Wellington was Lt. Col. in command of the 33rd Foot from 1793 to 1802, and full Colonel of the regiment from 1806 to 1813.

    In this case, Quin and Wellesley would have served together in India, and indeed the Duke wrote to Major Campell from Seringapatam on 8 December 1804, recommending his friend Captain Quin who was preparing to travel to England. (See Dispatches, Correspondence and Memoranda of Field Marshal Arthur, Duke of Wellington, Vol IV).

    It is also very interesting to note that Quin's hair is cropped short and not powdered, just as Arthur Wellesley apparently wore his hair in India during this period, contrary to regulations.

    We are grateful to Mr Christopher Bryant for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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