Frederick Buck 1808
Frederick Buck 1808
Frederick Buck 1808
Frederick Buck 1808

FREDERICK BUCK (1771-c.1839)

Frederick Buck 1808

1808 Republic of Ireland

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A portrait miniature of Captain Swain, 36th Regiment, he is wearing a scarlet coated with green facings and collar, gold fringed epaulettes and a white crossbelt with regimental plate. He also wears a black stock and a white frilled cravat.

Watercolour on ivory in an oval gilt frame, the reverse inscribed: Capt. Swain/H.M. 36 Regt/1808

His military career, taken from Army Service & Commission Book: "2354. Major William Wright Swain. Appointed Ensign 36th regiment 14th April 1796; joined in the East Indies; and in March 1797 was promoted Lieutenant by purchase. The period having arrived at which the regiment was to be recalled, it was counter ordered while on the route to Seringapatam, and marched to Madras, where the serviceable men were drafted into the 76th regiment while the remainder, with the officers, non-commissioned offers, etc embarked in October 1798, for England. He was promoted to a company in August 1804; received the brev. of Major in June 1814 and the regimental Majority in May 1816. Major Swain has participated in all the subsequent services of his regiment excepting between October 1808 when he was obliged to return to England for recovery of health, and March 1809 when he rejoined; between July, 1812 when he procured leave of absence, and October 1812 she he rejoined; and between August 1813 and the termination of the war, when he was employed as Commandant of the hospital station formed at Bilboa in the North of Spain. He was wounded at Buenos Ayres, 5th July 1807."

FREDERICK BUCK – 1771 – 1839

Born in Cork, 1771; son of Jonathon Buck & brother of Adam Buck, he was a pupil of the Dublin Society Schools in 1783 He had a large practice in Cork, living in 1787 at Fen’s Quay, 1795 in Mardyke Street & in 1810 in Buckingham Square.

During the Peninsular War, when Cork was a busy port of embarkation, his services were in great demand to paint portraits of officers. When he was particularly busy in order to keep pace with the demand he kept a supply of painted ivories to which he added the heads & regimental facings as required. He tended to use rather a hot colouring, which is an unmistakable characteristic of his work.

Examples of his work are in the V & A Museum.
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Width 5.20 cm (2.05 inches)
Stock Code
Watercolour on ivory.
Inscribed: Capt. Swain/HM 36 Regt/1808
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