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Sir Henry Wylie Norman

(1826-1904), Field Marshal and colonial governor

Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir Henry Wylie Norman entered the Indian army at the age of seventeen. He took part in the second Sikh campaign, after which he served in numerous frontier expeditions between 1850 and 1854, and in the suppression of the Sonthal rebellion of 1855-6. During the Indian Mutiny he was engaged in a number of actions including the siege of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow. In 1883, Norman was appointed Governor of Jamaica, an appointment from which he was transferred in 1888 to the Governorship of Queensland. He remained there until 1895, when he came home to act as Agent General for the colony in London. In 1897, he was chairman of the Royal Commission of inquiry into the condition of the West Indies.

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Sir Henry Wylie Norman, by Unknown photographer - NPG x21537

Sir Henry Wylie Norman

by Unknown photographer
hand-coloured and glazed vintage print, mid-late 1850s
NPG x21537

Group of officials and relatives, Simla, possibly by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x129646

Group of officials and relatives, Simla

possibly by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print on card, 1860s
NPG x129646

Sir Henry Wylie Norman, by Arthur William Garnett - NPG x23455

Sir Henry Wylie Norman

by Arthur William Garnett
salt print on paper mount, 1860-1861
NPG x23455

The Supreme Indian Council, Simla, possibly by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x129637

The Supreme Indian Council, Simla

possibly by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen print, circa 1864
NPG x129637

Sir Henry Wylie Norman, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax27900

Sir Henry Wylie Norman

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG Ax27900

Sir Henry Wylie Norman, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x21538

Sir Henry Wylie Norman

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG x21538

Sir Henry Wylie Norman, after Theodore Blake Wirgman - NPG D38993

Sir Henry Wylie Norman

after Theodore Blake Wirgman
photographic print, (1889)
NPG D38993

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Patrick Edgington

03 December 2020, 18:25

Dear Madam or Sir,
Sir Henry was appointed Viceroy of India on 9th Sept 1893 (The Illustrated London News).
Due to the encroachment of ill health he had to withdraw before the end of this year.
Yours faithfully,
Patrick Edgington.

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