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Subject:  Portrait of Lt Gen George Sandys - Indian Army - [Pastel]

Artist:  J W Sperling   

Provenance:  See below

Date:    1854 or 1859*

Size:  Picture 13.5” x 9.5”   

Condition:  Very Fine

Frame:   Original


John Sperling was originally a London portrait painter who exhibited 3 portraits at the Royal Academy between 1845/48, but moved to Madras to make his fortune and indeed was very successful   

This fine pastel portrait is of Lieutenant General George Sandys, the Commander in Chief, Madras. He was also Colonel of the 6th Madras Light Cavalry.     

It is signed in full but the date in not fully distinguishable, being either 1854 or 1859.  


The Sandys family is very distinguished, including Duncan Sandys, later Lord Sandys, a close associate and son-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill.      

They were originally a Cumbrian family, a Myles Sandys (1761-1839) of Graythwaite and Esthwaite marrying Elizabeth Dalrymple, sister of the 8th Earl of Stair. The fourth son, George, (1796-1864), the portrait subject, eventually inheriting the family seat Graythwaite Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria. The family still retain the seat; the present owner, Myles Sandys’, is the great great grandson of the General. He kindly certified the authenticity of the portrait by comparing it with three other portraits of the general at Graythwaite Hall.

A fine portrait of a distinguished soldier from a famous family, with impeccable provenance.  

The frame is original.   The portrait measures 13 1/2” x 9 1/2”.

Condition is very fine.   

The picture is glazed.

Price: £295



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