Sir Banastre Tarleton, Bt, after Unknown artist, published 1782 - NPG D11217 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Banastre Tarleton, Bt

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1782
6 7/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (175 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 7 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (194 mm x 119 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
NPG D11217

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Hans Werner Breunig

19 May 2017, 13:17

Sir Banastre Tarleton, commander of the British Legion in the American War of Independence, bravely fought but disregarded the traditional codes of war, once also denying pardon to the surrendering enemy, which gave rise to the phrase 'Tarleton's quarter' among the Revolutionaries who thus tried to justify their own subsequent cruelty.

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