An officer of the 12th Light Dragoons
An officer of the 12th Light Dragoons
An officer of the 12th Light Dragoons

WILLIAM BATE R.A (c.1759-c.1845)

An officer of the 12th Light Dragoons

1806 United Kingdom

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W.J. Bate is recorded in Miniature painters, British and foreign: Volume 2, By Joshua James Foster, as having exhibited enamel work at the Royal Academy in 1808.

From 1789-1791 Lieutenant the Hon Arthur Wellesley, later to become the Duke of Wellington, served in the 12th. The Regiment was a mix of Scottish (particularly from Lanarkshire), Irish (particularly from Clones), and English (particularly from Leicestershire).

The 12th were an experienced Peninsula regiment having seen action at Salamanca, Vitoria, Nivelle and Nive, with a few men even having served as far back as Egypt in 1801. In 1802 the 12th returned to England and were honoured by Royal Authority to bear on its Guidons and Appointments the Sphinx with Egypt. This was the 12th's first battle honour. In 1806 the 9th embarked for foreign service and took part in the Buenos Aires campaign in South America, being present at the taking of Montevideo. The 12th and 9th Regiments embarked on the Walcheren Expedition in 1809. The 9th were the only cavalry regiment to disembark, and as a result, out of a total of just over 500 troops who sailed, 200 became casualties, most of them being victims of the deadly Walcheren fever. It is likely that the sitter in this miniature was one such casualty.
Brigadier Viner Collection
De La Hay Collection
Height 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
Signed and dated 1806, with the address York on reverse
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