An Officer of the 13th Regiment (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.
An Officer of the 13th Regiment (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.
An Officer of the 13th Regiment (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.

NICHOLAS FREESE (1761-1831)

An Officer of the 13th Regiment (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.

c. 1805 United Kingdom

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wearing red uniform with yellow facings, silver epaulettes, black stock and frilled white cravat, sky background
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Although previously thought to be the 9th Foot, it is now believed that the sitter is from the 13th Foot, not 9th Foot. The 13th had a black line in their silver lace just like this, as well as paired silver buttons on yellow facings. c.1795 - 1810,

In 1801, the regiment sailed to Egypt to help repel the French invasion force. The 13th took part in the Siege of Alexandria. In 1802, the regiment was awarded the badge of a sphinx superscribed "Egypt" for display on the regimental colours in commemoration of the campaign.

A temporary end to hostilities with France came in March 1802, with the signing of the Treaty of Amiens. The 13th Foot left Egypt in that month, sailing to Malta, where they were stationed for a year, before moving to Gibraltar. In 1805, the regiment returned to England. After occupying various stations in the south of the country, the 13th sailed for Ireland in May 1807. The regiment was brought up to full strength by an intake of volunteers from the Irish militia and sailed to Bermuda, arriving in March 1808. The regiment lost large numbers of men to disease while on the island. War had again broken out with France, and the 13th Foot formed part of the force that invaded and occupied the French colony of Martinique in January and February 1809.

It is likely that this portait was taken whilst the Regiment was In England circa 1805
We are grateful to Mr. Christopher Bryant for his help in this catalogue description.
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Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Stock Code
4932
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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