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Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere (1773-1865), Field Marshal

Sitter in 9 portraits
Wellington tended to be suspicious, not without reason, of the performance of his cavalry units and their commanders. Lord Combermere, however, proved a success in Spain, and was in overall command of the division that charged so brilliantly at Salamanca in 1812. 'By God, Cotton,' said Wellington', I never saw anything so beautiful in my life; the day is yours.' Wellington, however, had a firm view of Combermere's limitations; when asked why he had recommended his appointment to command a campaign in Burma, when he considered him a fool, Wellington barked: 'So he is a fool, and a damned fool, but he can take Rangoon!'

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Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Mary Martha Pearson (nee Dutton)
oil on canvas, 1825
NPG 351

x38978

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen carte-de-visite, 1857-1865
NPG x38978

x75839

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

published by Alfred William Bennett
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x75839

D42614

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

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

D34052

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, after John Hayter
mezzotint, published 25 June 1841
NPG D34052

Ax7305

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

probably by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, mid-late 1850s
NPG Ax7305

x6334

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, circa 1863
NPG x6334