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A very large and stylish group portrait. The bromide print measures 17 x 23ins [435 x 590mm] and is mounted on photographer's grey card and then on a very stout grey board. It has a contemporary plain oak frame with gilt slip but we have removed it for photography and glass cleaning at the moment. The first mount has the sitters identified and is signed in pencil lower right C W Cary. Some ten portraits by this photographer, mainly of the 1890s, are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery but none of them is larger than 8 x 9ins. We have done some basic research on the sitters which enables us to date the image definitely to between 1888 and 1898 and at the moment our leaning is towards the late 1890s. The team members are identified on the mount from left to right as T Miller, W G Renton, Ava, and B Portal, three of whom were serving officers with the 17th Lancers from about 1884. Archibald James Leofric Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Ava was born on 28 July 1863, the first son of FrederickHamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Dufferin and Hariot Georgina Rowan-Hamilton. He had acted as Aide de camp to his father when Lrd Dufferin was Viceroy of India from 1884-88 when he was known by the courtesy title of Lord Clandeboye. On the conclusion of the Viceroyalty the Earl was advanced in the peerage to Marquess of Duffering and Ava reflecting his successful handling of the Third Burma War and defeat of King Thebaw of Ava. At that point in 1888 his son's courtesy title became Earl of Ava. He was gazetted Lt in the 17th Lancers 27 Jan 1886, having previously served in the Bechuanaland Campaign under Sir Charles Warren in 1884-85 with the Mounted Rifles. Ava went out to South Africa in 1899 where he was wounded at the siege of Ladysmith at Wagon Hill during a sortie from the town on 6th January 1900 and died of his wounds on the 11th. The titles became extinct on the death of the 6th Marquess in 1988 with the exception of that of the Barony of Dufferin and Clandeboye which passed to a fourth cousin. Bertram Percy Portal [1866 - 1949, later Brigadier General Sir Bertram Portal, KCB, DSO], was a lieutenant in the 17th Lancers in 1885. He saw service in South Africa with the 17th 1900-02 [DSO, QSA 3 clasps, KSA, mentioned in despatches], later commanding a Cavalry Brigade on the Western Front 1916-17. His diaries covering these periods are now held by the National Arm Museum. Captain William Gordon Renton [born 1858, 17th Lancers [2nd Lieut 22nd March 1879, Lieut 1st May 1881, Captain 15 Jan 1888] . T Miller. So far we have no further information on this member of the team This is a particularly fine image. It can be delivered in Gloucestershire without extra charge. To other parts of the country there will be a charge and overseas orders could present additional problems if the glazed frame is required. Size: 17 x 23ins Image, 28 x 35ins in Frame. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: POLO. 17th Lancers, 1890s Very large ...
Editorial: C W Cary, Photographer
Año de publicación: 1897
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