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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala (1810-1890), Field Marshal

Sitter in 26 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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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

P426

The Supreme Indian Council, Simla, 1864

by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print, circa 1864
NPG P426

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

x129638

Group of officials, Simla

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

x129639

Group of officials, Simla

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

x129640

Group of officials, Simla

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

x96398

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

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

x96399

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

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

x96400

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

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

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

D6747

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published 1878
NPG D6747

x11980

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x11980

x20697

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x20697

x11981

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x11981