King’s Royal Rifle Corps Canine Portrait, 1838
King’s Royal Rifle Corps Canine Portrait, 1838
King’s Royal Rifle Corps Canine Portrait, 1838
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King’s Royal Rifle Corps Canine Portrait, 1838

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Overall: 24cm (9.5in) x 32cm (12.5in)

 

Oil on panel. Portrait of a 60th Rifles officer’s terrier cross seated amongst the uniform accoutrements of his master, comprising rifle green tunic, patent black leather pouch belt fitted with silver lion's mask, chain, whistle and badge, together bugle badged pouch, 1822 pattern infantry officer’s sword with steel hilt and scabbard; in the background a travelling trunk bearing the initials ‘C.S.B. / 60th Rifles’ for Charles Sedley Burdett.

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Sedley Burdett (1819-1880) was the third son of William Jones Burdett of Copt Hall, Twickenham. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 60th (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) in 1836 was promoted Lieutenant in 1841. He transferred to the Coldstream Guards in 1842, served in the Crimea from November 1854. He afterwards held the rank of Major in the 17th Surrey Rifle Volunteers until 1867. According to his brief obituary in the Pall Mall Gazette (16 December 1880): 'Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Sedley Burdett, of Shrubhurst, near Godstone, Surrey, died on Sunday last, at the age of sixty-one. He was brother of Sir Francis Burdett, of Ramsbury, Wilts, and Foremark, Derbyshire, and cousin of Lady Burdett-Coutts. He entered the army in 1836, and served with the Coldstream Guards in the Crimea. He was a magistrate for Surrey.'