Portrait of Major General Sir Edward Barnes circa 1820
An Anglo Indian very well executed oil on canvass small portrait (12.5” x 14.5”) of Major General Sir Edward Barnes probably painted in Ceylon. Although Barnes was part of the occupying forces that marched into Paris after the successful battle of Waterloo and it has therefore been suggested that this portrait was painted in Paris at that time, the painting does has a distinctive Anglo Indian feel to it. The colour of Barnes skin tones and the slightly awkward attempt to prooduce a European likeness suggest more exotic origins.
The portrait shows Barnes wearing his various Peninsula War awards together with various orders of chivalry bestowed upon him for services against Napoleon. Barnes was known as “our fire eating adjutant-General”. His family appears to have been of Irish extraction. He was appointed to the staff in Ceylon in 1819 and in 1824 was appointed Govenor of Ceylon , an appointment he held until 1831. He so endeared himself to the native population that upon his departure a monument was erected in his honour.
Barnes was Commander in Chief in India from 1831 to May 1833 with the local rank of General. Barnes died in London on 19th March 1838.
Oil on canvass frame size 13"x14 1/2"