A large & finely carved Victorian marble portrait bust of Major General Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis (1814-1862) by
George Gammon Adams. Signed & dated 1862.
Ht 80cm x 60cm W x 30cm D
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In 1833 Inglis joined the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, in which all his regimental service was passed. In 1837 he saw active service in Canada in the Lower Canada Rebellion, including the actions at St. Denis and St. Eustache. During the Second Anglo-Sikh War, in 1848 to 1849 in the Punjab, he was in command at the Siege of Multan and at the Battle of Gujrat.
In 1857, on the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, he was in command of his regiment at Lucknow. Sir Henry Lawrence being mortally wounded during the siege of the residency, Inglis took command of the garrison, and maintained a successful defence for 87 days against an overwhelming force. He was promoted to major-general and made K.C.B.
After further active service in India, he was, in 1860, given command of the British troops in the Ionian Islands. In 1860 he was given the colonelcy of his regiment, now the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), a position he held until his death.
He died at Homburg on 27 September 1862, aged 47 and was buried in the crypt of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. His medals of these wars carved on his breast, the sculptor also a medallist.
George Gammon Adams (1821-1898) was an important Victorian period sculptor and medallist, educated at the Royal Academy from 1840, studying under William Wyon in London and James Gibson in Rome.
His works were exhibited at all 19th century exhibitions, including the
1851 Great Exhibition. His works is represented in the Royal Collection, Walker Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and major public and private
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