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In his short career Daniel Cunliffe produced a number of highly detailed paintings of military subjects. This portrait dates from the period when the 6th Regiment of Foot was stationed in Portsmouth, where Cunliffe lived, after its return from India. Cunliffe’s sketchbooks of that year are devoted to studies of the 6th Foot. The officer in this painting wears the full dress uniform expected at formal occasions, such as a parade or dinner in the Officers’ Mess.
oil on canvas
H 51 x W 35 cm
purchased at Sotheby’s, 1986