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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

(1810-1890), Field Marshal

Sitter in 27 portraits
Ceylon-born Napier joined the Bengal Engineers at sixteen and served throughout the Anglo-Sikh Wars. He later served in the North West Frontier District and saw action in Peshawar and Afghanistan. He also served during the Indian Mutiny, before commanding a division during the Second Anglo-Chinese War. Napier achieved fame as leader of the 1868 Abyssinian expedition, which was mounted to compel the release of British prisoners held by King Theodore. It involved crossing 400 miles of mountainous terrain lacking roads or bridges and Napier demonstrated a mastery of logistics and military administration. Napier was appointed commander-in-chief in India in 1870 and was promoted to field marshal in 1883.

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The Relief of Lucknow, 1857, by Thomas Jones Barker - NPG 5851

The Relief of Lucknow, 1857

by Thomas Jones Barker
oil on canvas, 1859
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5851

The Supreme Indian Council, Simla, 1864, by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG P426

The Supreme Indian Council, Simla, 1864

by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print, circa 1864
NPG P426

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 863

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1880s
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 863

Group of officials, Simla, possibly by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x129638

Group of officials, Simla

possibly by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print, circa 1864
NPG x129638

Group of officials, Simla, possibly by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x129639

Group of officials, Simla

possibly by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print on card mount, early 1870s
NPG x129639

Group of officials, Simla, possibly by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x129640

Group of officials, Simla

possibly by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print on card mount, early 1870s
NPG x129640

Group of fifteen sitters, by Unknown photographer - NPG x139996

Group of fifteen sitters

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1870
NPG x139996

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17572

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1878
NPG Ax17572

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96398

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1881?
NPG x96398

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96399

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1881?
NPG x96399

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96400

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1881?
NPG x96400

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by  T.W. Green, after  Charles Mercier - NPG D33541

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by T.W. Green, after Charles Mercier
mezzotint, published 3 May 1869
NPG D33541

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by  T.W. Green, after  Charles Mercier - NPG D38450

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by T.W. Green, after Charles Mercier
mezzotint, published 3 May 1869
NPG D38450

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala ('Men of the Day. No. 177.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D43845

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala ('Men of the Day. No. 177.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 April 1878
NPG D43845

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