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Lieutenant General Sir Charles Napier and his arab charger Red Rover, 1853

Oil on canvas by Edwin Williams (1843-1875), 1853.

Napier depicted in an Afghan coat (poshteen) over a staff frock coat.

The eldest of four famous brothers in whom the Duke of Wellington took a great interest, Charles Napier had an exemplary military career. He is best known as the Conqueror of Sind in 1843, for which he was made a GCB. He is also remembered as a gifted administrator for his work as Resident for Cephaloniá. The marble statue of him in St Paul's Cathedral bears the inscription, 'A prescient general, a beneficent governor, a just man'. The fact that the majority of the subscribers to the statue of him in the south-west corner of Trafalgar Square were private soldiers is also testimony of his popularity in the Army.

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NAM. 1969-12-16-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum Sandhurst, Indian Army Memorial Room

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