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Colonel (later Major General) Philip McPherson (1790–1864), CB, 17th (The Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot

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Philip McPherson (1790–1864) had served with the 52nd (or the Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot in the Peninsula in 1809 before being commissioned ensign in the 43rd (or Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot later that year. He continued to serve with that regiment until the end of the Peninsular War in 1814. During operations in the Scinde in 1843 McPherson served as aide-de-camp to Sir Charles Napier.

Promoted lieutenant-colonel in the 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot in 1852, McPherson commanded the regiment when it embarked for Gibraltar on 28 April 1854. There he was promoted brevet-colonel before accompanying the regiment to the Crimea in December. Appointed to the command of the 1st Brigade of the 4th Division on 18 December, McPherson served during the siege of Sevastopol until 15 June 1855, when he was invalided to England suffering from ill health brought on by ‘over-fatigue’ in the trenches.

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Colonel (later Major General) Philip McPherson (1790–1864), CB, 17th (The Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot




oil on canvas


H 55.9 x W 38.2 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1991-11-31

Acquisition method

purchased at Christie’s, 1991

Work type



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