This watercolour on paper portrait shows an officer of the Bengal Artillery.
He is wearing an undress type of coat and is relaxed, sat with his legs crossed on an armchair. It is interesting that the soldier has kept his spurs on for the portrait. The Anglo Indian armchair is worthy of note and, aside from the uniform, helps us to date the picture. Jaffer illustrates a few similar chairs in Furniture From British India and Ceylon. He also shows a Chinnery picture of Richmond and Anne Thackeray with their son William in which the father is sat side on in a comparable chair. Although both artist and subject are unknown the painting has a charm and is appealing to both scholars of uniform and colonial furniture. Circa 1815.
Unframed size is given.