Brigadier Pennycuick

1946


Artist
E.F. Green  (1824-1851)
Nationality
English
Medium
oil on canvas
Accession Number
0830
Credit line
T.H. Taylor Bequest 1966
Collection Area
International Paintings
Gallery location
Not on display

Purchased from Mrs S.M. Pennycuick of Tarrington in 1965, the portrait of Brigadier Pennycuick by E.F Green is a fine example of the artist's work. Green is known as a painter of literary and exotic subjects, including portrait scenes in Greece and Albania and illustrations from The Arabian Nights. John Pennycuick (pronounced Pennycook) was born on 29th Oct 1789, at Soilzarie, Perthshire. He was a career soldier and married Sarah Farrell in 1820. Sarah was the daughter of an Irish vicar, she was only 15 years old when they married, together they had 11 children. Pennycuick served in 4 different infantry regiments, the 78th Highlanders, 47th, 17th and 24th over a period of 42 years. Brigadier John Pennycuick led the 24th Regiment into battle at Chillianwallah on 13th Jan 1849 and was killed.  One of the officers of the 24th was his own son, Alexander, who had recently passed out of Sandhurst. Tragically, he also died, attempting to guard his father's body. The portrait by Green, was painted in 1847 so the uniform he wears is that of the 17th Regiment whose facings were white, but the gold lace obscures the white collar. His impressive medals include Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order awarded to him on New Year's Day 1837. Also a medal for the Doranee Empire (third class) given to him by Shah Shooja at his durbar in Kabul on 17th Sep 1839. There is also the CB for his actions at Khelat in Nov 1839. The lower, round medal is for Ghuznee.

Support

Southern Grampians Shire Council

State Government of Victoria