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Coldstream Guards - Portrait of Ensign Patrick Sandilands, 1805
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Coldstream Guards - Portrait of Ensign Patrick Sandilands, 1805

Measurements: 34cm (13.5in) x 29cm 11.5in)

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Oil on canvas. Quarter length portrait, in undress uniform with single epaulette, regimentally specific gorget and shoulder belt plate. 
 
Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Sandilands (1788-1847) was a a kinsman of James Sandilands, 9th Lord Torphichen who surrendered with General Burgoyne at Saratoga in 1777, and later served with the Coldstream in the Flanders Campaign of 1793, was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in May 1805. He joined Wellington’s Peninsula Army in April 1809, landing with the 1st Battalion at Lisbon and being brigaded with 1/3rd Guards and company of 60th Rifles. Having taken part in the Battle of the Duoro as part of the 2nd Guards Brigade, he was present at the battle of Talavera on 27 July where Wellington and Spanish General Cuesta were attacked by King Joseph Bonaparte and Marshal Claud Victor advancing from Madrid. 
 
Following the test of an hour long cannonade commencing at 2pm, Sandilands’ battalion was confronted by a major advance of French infantry columns appearing through the smoke from across the Portina stream. With the enemy at 50 yards range the brigade fired a volley into the massed French ranks and followed it up with a wild bayonet charge after the fleeing enemy. Having crossed the Portina and slaughtered a good number of French, Sandilands was amongst the mass of guardsman that found themselves confronted on three sides by French artillery, cavalry and infantry. During the charge and the ensuing enemy counter-attack, some 295 out of 970 officers and men of the 1st Coldstream were killed or wounded - Sandilands among them. Following the retreat of the battalion, Sandilands was left on the field and taken prisoner with Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Sheridan, Captains Christie, Millman and Bryan. He was released in November 1809 on account of his wounds.
 
Sandilands advanced to Lieutenant and Captain in July 1810, and rejoined the Army in the Peninsula to take part in the battles of Salmanca, Burgos, Vitoria, Bidoasa, Nivelle, Nive, Adour and Bayonne. Although he missed Waterloo but was placed under orders to join his battalion in the Netherlands on 22 June 1815 and  subsequently served in the Army of Occupation. On 17 December 1815 his wife gave birth to a daughter at Cambrai. Promoted Major in the Army in 1819 (London Gazette), Sandilands was promoted to Colonel in the Scots Guards in 1821.
 
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