Major General Sir Robert H Sale, GCB &c. An engraving by T Lupton after G Clint


Major General Sir Robert H Sale, GCB &c …print of their distinguished colonel is dedicated by the officers of the 13th Prince Albert’s Light Infantry The mezzotint, 13 x 17.5ins image size, is trimmed to the plate lines or just within them although all the engraved title remains, edge tears without loss and the lower margin a little ragged. A very attractive portrait of the hero of Jalalabad showing the General three quarter length against a mountainous background with a fortress [presumably Jalalabad]. He is depicted in full dress uniform with stars and a sash of his orders and the medals from Seringapatam, Jalalabad, Ghazni, and Cabul and his right hand rests on a general officer’s sword. Sale [1782-1845] was a brave soldier, known in his lifetime as “Fighting Bob”. He served in Mauritius, Seringapatam, the First Afghan War and was mortally wounded by grape shot in the First Sikh War at the Battle of Mudki. The dedication notes that the original painting by George Clint is in the possession of the 13th Light Infantry. The engraving is dated 1845. Sale’s widow survived to write an important book on the disasters she had partly escaped. Her portrait will be found elsewhere in this collection a portfolio of portraits of the Cabul prisoners.

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