An Officer of the 5th (Northbumberland) Regiment of Foot
An Officer of the 5th (Northbumberland) Regiment of Foot
An Officer of the 5th (Northbumberland) Regiment of Foot

JOSEPH LEE (1780-1859)

An Officer of the 5th (Northbumberland) Regiment of Foot

c. 1810 United Kingdom

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wearing a red uniform with green collar, white cross sash with gold cap badge of the Northumberland regiment
Set in a gold frame, the reverse with gold monogram RLU on plaited hair within gold mount an blue glass border

Joseph Lee (1780-1859) was self-taught as an enamelist at a late age, but made a successful career as an enamel painter, exhibiting intermittently at the RA and the SBA between 1809 and 1853 from addresses in London. As well as enjoying the patronage of Princess Charlotte of Wales, he also worked as 'enamel painter' to Augustus, Duke of Sussex, uncle to Queen Victoria. It may have been the gift of a small enamel of the Duke of Sussex to Queen Victoria that first made her familiar with Lee's work. She employed his services for producing enamel copies based on oil paintings between 1844 and 1850. He retired from miniature painting in his final years and died, aged seventy-nine, in Gravesend, Kent, on 26 December 1859.

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was an infantry regiment of the British Army. Originally raised in 1674 as the 5th Regiment of Foot, it was given the regional designation 'Northumberland' in 1782 . The regiment embarked for Portugal in July 1808 for service in the Peninsula War. The regiment fought in the Battle of Roli├ža and the Battle of Vimeiro in August 1808, the Battle of Corunna in January 1809 and the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810. It earned the nicknames the "Old and Bold", "The Fighting Fifth" and also "Lord Wellington's Bodyguard". It formed part of a small force which beat off an overwhelming body of the enemy at El Boden in 1811, a performance which Wellington notified to the Army as a memorable example of what can be done by steadiness, discipline, and confidence.
The Late Brigadier Viner
D. Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, Woodbridge, 1979, col. Pl. 21, p. 257
Height 5.50 cm (2.17 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
Signed on the reverse with the address 135 Upper Street/ Islington
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