An oil on board portrait of James Alfred Caulfield, 7th Viscount Charlemont
An impressive oil on board portrait of James Alfred Caulfield, 7th Viscount Charlemont in the undress frock coat of the 59th or 2nd Nottinghamshire regiment of foot circa 1848.
Caulfield entered the army in 1848 as an Ensign in the 59th foot and served in China between 1851 and 1853. He transferred to the Coldstream Guards and served in the Crimean war between 1854 and 1856 retiring from the regular army shortly thereafter.
He married Annette Handcock in 1858 and became Colonel of the Royal Tyrone Fusiliers in 1862, commanding the regiment until 1874. Caulfield was also Controller to the Household of the Viceroy of Ireland between 1868 and 1895 and became Colonel of the 4th battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from 1885. He died on 4th July 1913.
His Coldstream Guards shoulder belt plate was sold recently by Bosleys Auctioneers.
A well executed portrait that captures the youthful appearance of Caulfield just as he embarked on a prestigious military career. The portrait is framed in a contemporary gilt gesso frame in a style typical of the period which measures 19inches x 24.5 inches. In very good condition with no evidence of repair or repainting.