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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 (née Dutton)
oil on canvas, 1825
NPG 351


Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x38978


Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

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


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
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D42614


Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

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


Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

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


Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, circa 1863
NPG x6334

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