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Sir Edward Paget

Sir Edward Paget, by Robert Home, 1823 -NPG 3247 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Edward Paget

by Robert Home
4 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (108 mm x 89 mm)
NPG 3247

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Home was appointed Court Painter to the Nawab of Oudh in 1814 and lived in Lucknow for the next thirteen years. Paget was in India 1823-5 and was given the miniature portrait of Ghazi-ud-din, by then King of Oudh, on his arrival: 'I dined with the King yesterday … he placed his portrait, set in a double row of diamonds and suspended by a double row of pearls round my neck, and begged I would wear it amongst my other decorations ...' (letter to his wife 2 November 1823; the diamonds and pearls were sold by the East India Company, Letters & memorials of General the Hon. Sir Edward Paget, GCB, 1898, pp 158-9); this may have been by Home himself who though not generally a miniaturist is known to have owned a 'fine Miniature cabinet' (letter from Mrs Day in NPG archive). Home's miniature of Paget is probably a copy of a full-sized portrait in the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta (Home Bequest), commissioned by the King 'as the greatest favour I could confer upon him, that I would this day sit for my picture to Mr Holmes [sic], his portrait-painter … I proceeded immediately to his painter, to whom I sat for a couple of hours and he promises to make a good picture, but of this I doubt' (letter to his wife 4 November 1823). Home's miniature copy remained in his family until acquired by the NPG in 1945.

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Half-length in uniform as C.-in-C., Ribbon and Star of GCB, Star of Portuguese Tower & Sword, Army Gold Medal (Corunna), Turkish Gold Medal of Crescent, lavishly jewelled miniature portrait of the King of Oudh; sparse light brown hair, brown eyes, pale complexion.

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The artist's family and sold to the NPG by a descendant Mrs Ella B. Day 1945.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, 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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