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Lord Raglan George FitzRoy Henry Somerset

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)



Watercolour with bodycolour and pencil

14 x 7 ½ inches

Vanity Fair, 14 February 1901, Statesmen no 732

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 44

Shortly before his portrait appeared in Vanity Fair, the Lord Raglan George Somerset had, in November 1900, been appointed Under-Secretary for War in Lord Salisbury’s Conservative government. His grandfather, Lord FitzRoy Somerset, had served under the Duke of Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars, losing an arm at Waterloo in 1815. He was made Field Marshall of the British Armed Forces in the Crimea, where, in 1854, he was partly responsible for the ill-fated ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’. George Somerset continued the military tradition of his family by joining the Grenadier Guards and seeing action in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, where he was decorated. In 1902, after serving as Under-Secretary for War, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.

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