Portrait of John Strudwick Crofts, East India Company- Price Upon Request
Chinese artist (Circle of Spoilum), c.1805 Portrait of John Strudwick Crofts, East India Company Oil on canvas, 22 ½ x 17 ¾ in (57.2 x 45.1 cm) Inscribed on old label ‘This portrait of my dear Brother John Strudwick Crofts (a Captain in the E.I.C.’s European Regiment in Bombay) was taken by a Chinese Artist – about the year 1805 at Canton in China’. (On the reverse of this label is an invitation to Mr Crofts from the Dowager Duchess of Chichester.) Provenance: Martyn Gregory Cat 51, 1988, no.112; Kenneth and Nancy Main Collection, USA John Strudwick Crofts (1778-1849) was commissioned Lieutenant in the EIC’s military service in Bombay (Mumbai) on 26 May 1800, and captain on 8 July 1809; he retired in England on 22 May 1816. His will, proved on 22 December 1849, shows him to have owned property in Brighton and Eastbourne as well as Uckfield where he lived. He is buried in the family vault at Sompting Church, Sussex.
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