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Eton College Constable


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Eton College Constable

A fine, full length portrait in watercolour of 'Bott, the last College Constable of Eton'........
(inscribed to the reverse).
Inscribed in pencil, lower right hand side, 'Painted by W. Bambridge, pencil & pen sketch 1852'. Provenance: Exhibited at the Eton Exhibition 1947. No. 95. Within a fine period moulding frame veneered with bird's eye maple veneer and with a gilt slip sight edge.
13 in x 15.5 in
The Last College Constable; Honest Old Bott. Recorded as a well known sight in his long coat of Eton blue with college arms embroidered on his sleeve and in a glazed top hat, he was responsible for the due maintenance of law and order; the ne'er-do-wells of the Eton area giving him a wide berth. He was known to be a veteran of Albuera and Waterloo.
Probably by the William (Samuel) Bambridge (1819-1879) recorded by the National Portrait Gallery as being born in Windsor and returning there from New Zealand in 1848. From 1854 he was regularly employed by the Royal Family acting as photographer, printer and organiser of the Queen's private negatives.


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

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