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Field Marshal Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum. A fine signed portrait in uniform

A fine and large full length portrait of Lord Kitchener wearing field marshal’s dress uniform wearing medals, the neck badge of the Order of Merit, and the breast stars of seven orders [his GCSI, which he was only awarded in June 1909, in the centre] and holding his baton in his right hand. The portrait is mounted on photographer’s card bearing the credit of Stereoscopic Company, London. The photograph measures 11 x 8.5 ins and overall size of the card is approx 16 x 12ins: it is mounted in a silver painted wooden frame [possibly Indian] and there are marks on the back where a strut frame has been removed. The photograph is signed at the bottom on the mount Kitchener F.M. and further inscribed in his hand For Colonel Malleson. Unless collected or delivered in the UK the frame will be removed as it does not have any particular value and is a hazard when shipping. It is most likely that this handsome portrait was taken at a time very shortly after Kitchener had received his field marshal’s baton from the hands of the King Emperor, Edward VII early in 1910 after his return from India. He had been made a field marshal in September 1909 upon leaving his post in India hoping, indeed expecting, to be returning as Viceroy. He did not achieve that office, ostensibly because the Indian people would not have wanted a military man in that civil office at the time but there was hostility towards his aspirations from various quarters, including the powerful Secretary of State, Morley. The recipient of the portrait was certainly Wilfred Malleson who was commissioned into the RA but spent his career with the 19th Punjabis, becoming Lt Col in 1902. The portrait appears in Philip Magnus’s Kitchener. Portrait of an Imperialist [John Murray 1958] page 290.

Price: £850.00

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