A portrait of General Sir John Miller Adye, painted in oil on a prepared oak panel and within a period gilt gesso frame. A label to the reverse provides us with much information on our subject. It represents him as a subaltern in mess dress, circa 1842. According to a Mr. Haynes, this is the work of a French artist of considerable merit. This label confirms some of the other facts we know of this soldier. Born in Sevenoaks, Kent, in 1819, the son of Major James P. Adye, he studied at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and entered the Royal Artillery in 1836. By 1846 he was promoted to Captain and served throughout the Crimean War as brigade-major and assistant-general of artillery. He served during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and in 1873 was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B). In 1875 he was further promoted to governor of the Royal Academy, Woolwich. From 1883-1886 he was Governor of Gibraltar and was noted for his own artwork. He died in 1900, Rothbury, Northumberland, aged 80.
w:12.5 in x h:14.25 in