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Sir George de Lacy Evans

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Sir George de Lacy Evans, by Sir William Charles Ross, circa 1840 -NPG 2158 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir George de Lacy Evans

by Sir William Charles Ross
circa 1840
3 5/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (92 mm x 70 mm) oval
NPG 2158

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The early history of this miniature is unknown. It probably commemorates Evans' command of the British Auxiliary Legion in Spain, 1835-7. He is apparently dressed in his uniform as colonel of the Legion, with the orders awarded him for his services in Spain: the star and sash of the order of Charles III, and the star of the order of St Ferdinand, awarded him sometime between 1835-40. He is also wearing the star of the Bath (awarded 1838), and another unidentified star. The medals are probably Peninsular and Waterloo ones, rather than Crimean ones; Evans is not wearing the orders of Mejidie or the Légion d'Honneur awarded him in 1856. The date 1840 agrees well with the apparent age of the sitter. The style of the coat is associated with a pre-1840 fashion, but Evans was a Peninsular officer and likely to continue with the styles of his youth. Information on the uniform and orders was kindly communicated by W. Y. Carman of the National Army Museum. The previous attribution of the miniature to Sir W. C. Ross is not very convincing.

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Brown eyes, dark brown hair with grey streaks. Dressed in a white collar, red uniform, gold collar and epaulettes, blue sash with a white stripe in the middle. Background colour blue-grey.

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Presented by Bernald Falk, 1927.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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