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Sir James Hope Grant (1808-1875), General; brother of Sir Francis Grant

Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir James Hope Grant started his military career with the 9th Lancers in 1826. He served as an officer in most of the major campaigns in China and India, and eventually advanced to the rank of major-general. Grant has been described as one of the most formidable soldiers of his day and the deadliest fighter of his time. He famously claimed that one of his promotions was the result of his performance skills on the cello, as he entertained the General on the lengthy sea voyage to China.

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The Relief of Lucknow, 1857

by Thomas Jones Barker
oil on canvas, 1859
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5851


Sir James Hope Grant

by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1861
NPG 783


Sir James Hope Grant

by Unknown photographer
salt print, 1850s?
NPG x87260


Sir James Hope Grant

by Felice Beato
albumen print, 1860
NPG Ax137908


Sir James Hope Grant

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate collodion glass negative, early 1870s
NPG x127665