Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Sir Thomas Munro 1761 - 1827 1800c.

Sir Martin Archer Shee PRA (1769-1850)

Portrait of Sir Thomas Munro 1761 - 1827, Sir Martin Archer Shee
Oil on canvas
19th Century
19 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches 49.5 x 12.5 cm
The artist's studio sale
The precise role of this small full-length portrait is unclear. However, since it remained in the artist's studio until his death it may well have been used as a point of reference.
Shee''s first portrait of Munro dates from between his return home in June 1819, and his re-embarkation for India in December. In August he had been promoted to Major-General, appointed Governor of Madras and awarded KCB. Shee painted a pair of half-length images of Munro and his wife (NPG 3124 & 3124a) which were exhibited at the Royal Academy the following year. -1

He later adapted this into a full-length portrait for Madras Town Hall which depicts the sitter with sword, map of India and a despatch box. This portrait, executed in 1828 was also exhibited at the RA, in 1829.

Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, 1985, Vol.1, pp.352-3.
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