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

Sitter in 25 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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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1878
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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Unknown photographer
albumen print
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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
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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

printed by Riddle & Couchman, after London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
chromolithograph, published 3 February 1883
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Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

after Theodore Blake Wirgman
photographic print, (30 March 1886)
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