A fine portrait of Major General Sir Denis Pack KCB (c.1772–1823)  an Anglo-Irish military officer

MRS ANNE MEE (c.1770-1851)

A fine portrait of Major General Sir Denis Pack KCB (c.1772–1823) an Anglo-Irish military officer

c. 1815 United Kingdom

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Wearing red uniform with black collar and gold lace, the Order of the Bath and Order of Tower and Sword (Portuguese) pinned on his left breast
in gilt-metal frame

Mee the daughter of the artist John Foldsone was a gifted poetess, musician and painter.

A descendant of Sir Christopher Pack, Pack was the son of the Very Reverend Thomas Pack, Dean of Ossory in the east of Ireland. His mother was Catherine, daughter and heiress of Denis Sullivan of Berehaven, Ireland.

Sir Denise saw service in Flanders in 1794, was on the Quiberon expedition of 1795, and in Ireland of the suppression of the 1798 rebellion.[1]

He commanded the 71st Foot during the capture of the Cape of Good Hope in 1806, was in the Peninsular in 1808, and the Walcheren expedition in 1809.

During the Peninsular War he was present at the battles of Roliça, Vimiero, A Coruña, Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthez and Toulouse. His Peninsular Gold Medal had seven clasps.[2]

Pack was promoted to major-general in 1813 and commanded (1810–14) the Oporto Brigade of the Portuguese Army in Spain. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815 and commanded the 9th Brigade of Sir Thomas Picton's 5th Division at the Battle of Waterloo.[2] He became Lieutenant-Governor of Plymouth and General Officer Commanding Western District in 1819.[3]
This work has been well preserved, although some of the more delicate pigments in the face have faded very slightly. The gold badge on the general's hat has lost a small amount of pigment
(1) Lee, Sidney, ed. (1903). "Pack, Denis". Dictionary of National Biography. Index and Epitome. Cambridge University Press. p. 981.
(2) The British Army Against Napoleon: Facts, Lists and Trivia, 1805-1815 By Bob Burnham, Ron McGuigan
(3) "Pack, Sir Denis". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
Height 10.90 cm (4.29 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
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