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George Russell Dartnell (1799-1878), Army surgeon

Sitter in 1 portrait
Born and educated in Ireland, Dartnell joined the British Army in 1820 and received his diploma as a member of the Royal College of Surgeon's in 1822. His early postings were to the Mediterranean, India, Ceylon and Burma. From 1835 he served in Canada and returned to Britain in 1843, where, by 1854, he rose to be Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals. After retiring from the army in 1857, Dartnell operated Arden House Private Lunatic Asylum at Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire which he also owned from 1858 to 1876. Throughout his many postings he recorded in watercolour, views of places and portraits of people he encountered and, after his return to England, exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.