• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 95


    Price Realised  


    Henry Dundas, 3rd Viscount Melville (1801-1876), in red military uniform, horizontal silver facings, silver collar and epaulettes, brass buttons, black stock, dark hair
    signed and dated 'F Sieurac 1827' (mid-left)
    on ivory
    oval, 4 1/16 in. (103 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount within rectangular ebonised wood frame by Alphonse Giroux, Paris, scroll surmount and metal plaque inscribed 'Lord Melville'

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    Henry Dundas, 3rd Viscount Melville (1801-1876) was the eldest son of Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851) and was born at Melville Castle, Midlothian, Scotland. When he was 18, Henry joined the British Army as a lieutenant and had reached the rank of colonel and aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria by 1841. He served as brigadier-general in Bombay in 1847 and commanded troops in the Second Anglo-Sikh War. In recognition of his success in battle, he was made KCB in 1849. He succeeded his father as 3rd Viscount in 1851 but continued his military career in Scotland where he commanded forces, served as president of the royal archers, and as governor of Edinburgh Castle. He died, unmarried, at Melville Castle in 1876.

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    It has been suggested that the present sitter is wearing a French army uniform, and therefore the identity as Lord Melville may be erroneous. Please contact the department for further information.