GEORGE ENGLEHEART (BRITISH 1750/3-1829)
Portrait miniature of Thomas Ashton, wearing scarlet uniform with blue collar and facings, gold epaulette, white waistcoat and cravat, wearing a powdered wig, cloud and sky background
watercolour on ivory
gold frame, the reverse with central blue glazed aperture with locks of hair tied with seed pearls within blue glass border
oval, 50 mm (2 in) high
Commodore Robert Lionel Brooke Cunliffe CBE (1895-1990) and by descent through the family.
Engleheart's fee book for 1789: Captain Ashton, painted 25th April 1789, copied 2nd May 1789, paid 16th May for 2, 20 gns
According to family history, Thomas Ashton was a member of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) who had their own army in India and he was killed at the battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815. He was the brother of William Ashton and great grandfather of Commodore Robert Lionel Brooke Cunliffe CBE (1895-1990).
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