Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, VC, on 'Vonolel', c.1895

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Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1831–1914) was born in Cawnpore, India in 1832. His family were originally from Co. Waterford and he became one of the most successful commanders of the nineteenth century. Roberts served in India before leading the British forces to success in the Second Boer War.

The fact the horse is painted with its four legs down signifies the Field Marshall died of natural causes, rather than in battle.

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Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, VC, on 'Vonolel', c.1895


oil on canvas


H 250 x W 176 cm (E)

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