Lot 78
English School (19th century), Portrait of an Officer in the 23rd Regiment of the Bombay Native Infantry
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas laid on panel, inscribed to verso of panel "P. T. French / 23 Regt. Bombay N. I. / (illegible) Agent (illegible) / 1839," partial label to verso reading "Woodward" and "Eastbourne," presented in a period gilt frame with composition ornament.

Panel size 14 x 10 3/4 in.; Frame dimensions 21 x 17 1/2 in.

From the Collection of the late Dobie D. Hogan, Norfolk, Virginia

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Theodore French was the founder and chairman of the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway. He was a retired officer of the army of the East India Company, serving under Lieutenant-General Sir James Outram (also known as the Bayard of India). In 1841-1842 he served in Scinde as political agent at Sibi, Upper Scinde, and in 1844 was acting political agent at Jodhpoor, Rajpootana. He went on to serve as Town Major in Bombay, and then in 1851, officiating Resident at Baroda.

Frame in fragile condition with looseness and loss; several air pockets between canvas and board in upper left corner; minor craquelure; paint loss in upper left corner; a few minor white paint specks to surface.