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Sir Edward Barnes (1776-1838), Lieutenant-General

Sitter in 6 portraits
Barnes entered the army as an Ensign in the 47th Regiment in 1792. Promoted repeatedly, by 1813 he had become a Major General. He served on Wellington's staff in the Peninsular War from 1812, commanding a brigade in various battles. He also fought, and was severely wounded, at Waterloo in 1815. Barnes's promotions continued after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and by 1820 he was Colonel of the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, before being made Lieutenant General in 1825. That year he was appointed Acting Governor of Ceylon, and was the British colony's Governor from 1824 until 1831. After two years as Commander-in-Chief in India he entered into a brief political career.

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Sir Edward Barnes

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour, 1813-1814
NPG 1914(2)


Sir Edward Barnes

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour, 1813-1814
NPG 1914(3)


Sir Edward Barnes

by William Salter
oil on canvas, 1834-1837
NPG 3696


Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington KG &c &c Giving Orders to his Generals Previous to a General Action

by, published by and after Anker Smith, by Thomas Heaphy, published by Rudolph Ackermann
line and stipple engraving, published 8 August 1822
NPG D42614


Sir Edward Barnes

after John Wood
mezzotint, (1837)
NPG D23482