Sir Edward Paget(1775-1849), General
Sitter in 3 portraits
Paget joined the army as a teenager and by the age of 18 was a lieutenant colonel. He served in Egypt, Sicily and Sweden before joining the Duke of Wellington's staff in the Spanish Peninsular to fight the French during the Napoleonic wars. He lost his right arm in action but continued to lead troops in Spain until he was captured by the French army in 1812 and held captive for two years. After the Napoleonic wars, Paget was appointed commander-in-chief of the forces in the East Indies, and was posted to India. However, his reputation suffered, due partly to his brutal suppression of a mutiny in the Bengal army in 1824.
published by John Peter Thompson, after Sir Robert Ker Porter
etching, published 1804