This portrait shows Lieutenant-General Sir Charles James Napier GCB wearing an Afghan coat (poshteen) over his staff frock coat.
One of a family of four distinguished brothers, in whom the Duke of
Wellington took a great interest, Charles Napier had an exemplary military career and is best known as the Conqueror of Sind in 1843, for which he was made a GCB. He is also remembered as a gifted administrator for his work as Resident for Cephaloniá. The marble statue of him in St Paul’s Cathedral bears the inscription, ‘A prescient general, a beneficent governor, a just man’. He was a popular commander, so much so that the majority of the subscribers to build the statue of him in the south-west corner of Trafalgar Square were private soldiers.
Where to see this painting?
National Army Museum
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