Windham served with the Coldstream Guards from 1838 to 1849. He emerged from retirement on the outbreak of the Crimean War (1854–1856) and distinguished himself at the Battle of Inkerman (5 November 1854) where he commanded the 4th Division.
Windham was then selected to lead the final abortive attack by the 2nd Division on the Redan on 8 September 1855. In the face of devastating Russian fire, he was the only officer to penetrate the battery. This daring action won him promotion to Major-General. Windham was an outspoken critic of the management of the War and, during the terrible winter of 1854, he did all he could to alleviate the sufferings of his starving and frozen men.
Windham went on to serve during the Indian Mutiny (1857–1859), where he commanded a division throughout the operations at Cawnpore (Kanpur).
The artist shared a studio with the celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter George Frederic Watts.
Where to see this painting?
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
Chelsea, London, Greater London, England, SW3 4HT
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.