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Major John Hunter Littler

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A full-length portrait of Major John Hunter Littler of the Indian Army. Executed in pencil and watercolour, within a period bird's eye maple frame.

Circa 1825

11.25 in x 14.25 in (overall)

Having entered the 10th Bengal Native Infantry in August 1800 he rose through the ranks to major by 1824. In 1841 he was promoted to major-general, and in 1843 was appointed to command the Agra division of the Bengal army. He commanded a division of Sir Hugh Gough's army at the defeat of the Mahrattas at Maharajpore, 29th December 1843, having had two horses killed under him. He received for his services the thanks of parliament and star, and was made K.C.B. on 2 May 1844. At the outbreak of the first Sikh war in 1845 he was in command of the Ferozepore division, some ten thousand strong. Leaving half his troops to protect the ill-fortified cantonment, he marched with the rest to meet the Sikhs at Sutlej on 11 December. Although the Sikhs outnumbered Littler's force by ten to one, they declined his challenge and turned aside to Ferozeshah. At the battle of Ferozeshah on 21–2 December he again had a horse killed under him and received from parliament a second thanks and a medal. At the close of the campaign he was appointed to command at Lahore, and in 1849 was made G.C.B., and appointed a provisional member of council and deputy-governor of Bengal. He returned home, with the rank of lieutenant-general, in 1851 and died at his seat, Bigaden, Devonshire, on 18 February 1856.

 

Item Code: 2816

£ 980

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