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Roberts was born in India and served much of his military career there. He rose to Major-General during the Afghan War (1878–1880), and Commander-in-Chief in India (1885–1893). He enjoyed enormous popularity at home, which was much enhanced by his decisive command in the Second Boer War (1900). He returned to England on being appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British army (1900–1904), but found himself in disagreement with government defence policy.
oil on canvas
163.8 x 105 cm
Bequeathed by the sitter's daughter, Countess Roberts, 1955
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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