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Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) William Sandys (1759–1829), 5th Bengal Native Infantry

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Sandys joined the Bengal Army of the East India Company in 1779, and saw action during the First Maratha War (1778–1782) and the Third Mysore War (1790–1792). He was appointed major in the 5th Bengal Native Infantry in 1803, followed shortly in 1804 by promotion to lieutenant-colonel in the 15th Bengal Native Infantry. He retired to his estate in Lanarth, Cornwall in 1805. The charming painting shows Captain Sandys with his first wife Charlotte and his sons William (born in 1795) and Allan (born in 1799).

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 128 x W 101 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1976-09-56

Acquisition method

gift from Miss W. C. Sandys-Winsch, 1976

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