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Sir William Fawcett

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fawcett was a career soldier and an author. A gifted strategist, he made a mark on military tactics, recruitment and training. This portrait shows Fawcett in his lieutenant-general's uniform – red frock coat with blue lapels, silver trim and silver epaulettes. The heavy sky helps to highlight these colours. The accuracy of the costume was important to Fawcett. Although Reynolds displayed the portrait at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1785, Fawcett had the ribbon and the star of the Order of the Bath added after 1786 when he was awarded the honour.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    128 x 103.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1982. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire


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