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The Marquess of Granby (1721–1770) commanded a brigade of cavalry, and later the entire British forces in Germany during the Seven Years' War (1756–1763). Always a fearless battlefield commander, the cavalry charge which he led against the French at the Battle of Warburg on 31 July 1760 caused his hat and wig to blow off, giving rise to the expression ‘...to go at (something) bald-headed’. He returned home to a hero’s welcome and in 1766 he became the Commander-in-Chief of the Army.
oil on canvas
H 43.2 x W 56.8 cm
purchased from the Parker Gallery, 1963