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Having joined the Army in 1793, Gough served initially at the Cape of Good Hope and the West Indies. In 1809, he embarked for service in the Peninsular War in command of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and took part in the Battles of Talavera (1809), Barrosa (1811) and Vitoria (1813). He was promoted major-general in 1830. In 1837, he was appointed to command a division of the Madras army in India; four years later he was sent to command the British troops in the First China War (1839–1842).
oil on canvas
H 253 x W 160 cm
gift from the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, 1999