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Henry Hope Crealock - An Officer’s Charger - ‘Van Tromp’, dated 1850
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Henry Hope Crealock - An Officer’s Charger - ‘Van Tromp’, dated 1850

Measurements: Overall: 49.5cm (15.5in) x 50cm (19.75in)



Pencil on paper. Signed with initials H.H.C. for Henry Hope Crealock. An associated manuscript note reads: ‘An original sketch of Van Tromp taken when at York in the autumn 1850’. Image size 25.5cm (10in) x 35cm (13.75in). Framed and glazed.

Lieutenant-General Henry Hope Crealock (1831-1891) like his fictional contemporary Harry Flashman, was educated at Rugby School and entered the Army in 1848. He was similarly engaged in military adventures in the Crimea, India, China and Zululand. He had a spell as Military Attache in Vienna and like George Macdonald Fraser’s anti-hero was frequently at odds with the authorities, yet enjoyed some celebrity. When Lord Wolesley caught up him in Zululand in 1879, he found Crealock ‘... dressed like a guest at an artist's ball. He wore a sombrero with a long peacock feather and an imitation pugaree tied on one side in what he believed to be picturesque artistic carelessness. He had one wagon designed as a movable henhouse so that he might have fresh eggs for breakfast. He even telegraphed for 6 milk cows to be sent forward so that he might not be deprived of tea whilst campaigning.”