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Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

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Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere, by Thomas Heaphy, 1817 - NPG 4177 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour, 1817
23 1/2 in. x 21 in. (597 mm x 533 mm)
Given by Edward Peter Jones, 1960
Primary Collection
NPG 4177


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  • Thomas Heaphy (1775-1835). Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Viscount Combermere was the Duke of Wellington's second-in-command at Salamanca. This portrait by Thomas Heaphy shows him in uniform as the Colonel of Light Dragoons standing before his grey charger whose back is draped with a tigerskin. Around Combermere's shoulders is a Hussar pelisse (shawl) attached to which are the stars of the Order and he also wears the Peninsula Gold Cross with Salamanca clasp. This is one of a number of military portraits made by Heaphy on his visits to the Peninsula after the Battle of Vittoria in 1813 and again in the spring of 1814. The watercolour portrait of Combermere is one of the most finished, suggesting that it was worked up on Heaphy's return to London.

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