A watercolour portrait of an unknown British Officer with medals for the 1st Carlist War.
The soldier does not have all of the Carlist medals but does have the oval medal for the Battle of Irun, the silver medal for St. Sebastian and the San Fernando Military Order. The Carlist War was fought between the liberals of Maria Christina, the mother and Regent for Isabella II and her brother-in-law Carlos de Borbón, the late king's brother and absolute monarchist. With the blessing of the British Government in 1837, 10,000 volunteers paid for by Spain, went to help the liberals. It is difficult to take any clues as to the subject from the uniform and it may well have been an earlier tunic that belonged to a family member.
Although the subject is unknown, this is an interesting portrait for the unusual medals and war it represents. In a period gilt frame. Circa 1840.
Image Size is given.