Charles Buncombe c1780
Charles Buncombe c1780
Charles Buncombe c1780
Charles Buncombe c1780

Charles Buncombe c1780

c. 1780 Isle of Wight

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A coloured profile of Lieutenant General Sir Gonville Bromhead, of Thurlby Hall, Lincolnshire. He is wearing a red jacket with green facings and a gold fringed epaulette and a fantail hat with cockade.

Painted on card in an oval turned fruitwood frame, the reverse inscribed: Lieut.General Gonville Bromhead Bart./Thurlby Hall/Lincolnshire.

Gonville Bromhead was born in Lincoln, 30th September 1758 and died 11th May 1822.
Regimental Commission dates:
Quarter-Master, 18 January 1770
Ensign, 1 January 1774
Lieutenant, 3 March 1776
Captain-Lieutenant, 30 May 1786
Captain, June 1789
Captured: Saratoga, New York, 17 October 1777 (Convention Army)

Gonville married The Hon Jane ffrench (died 2 September 1837) on 18 July 1787. He was created 1st Baronet Bromhead of Thurlby Hall on 19 February 1806. The Bromheads had three sons. His grandson, also Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead fought in Africa at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879 and was decorated with the Victoria Crosse. In the film "Zulu" Michael Caine played the part f Brohmhead.
CHARLES BUNCOMBE flourished 1795 - 1830

Charles Buncombe and his son John lived & worked in Newport, Isle of Wight, & were the most distinguished silhouette painters of military subjects.

His silhouettes were mainly coloured, some black & white examples exist. His silhouettes have an individual precise, almost doll like quality. The clothing is carefully drawn in shades of thinned black. The faces are in dead black he also used a firm thick stroke to indicate folds of heavy material.

Most of his silhouettes were sold unframed, for posting to wives or friends from whom soldiers stationed on the Isle of Wight were separated; it was perhaps for this reason that Buncombe used a substantial paper.

He painted the epaulette carefully with each strand separate and the tips of the fringe carefully shown. Gold lace is shown in yellow ochre. The decoration on shakoes and busbies is carefully shown; sashes are left white but are shaded. Chinese white is sometimes used to show fine decorative detail. The red used by Buncombe was a dull vermilion.
Bill Fox Smith Collection
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Width 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
External Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
External Width 12.00 cm (4.72 inches)
Watercolour on card.
Inscribed verso
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