The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017

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Lot no.


Robert Physick, , a sculpted white marble bust of Lt

Sold for £3800

Est: £4000–6000

Robert Physick, (English circa 1816 ~ 1882), a sculpted white marble bust of Lt. General Sir Lewis Grant KCB KCH, dated 1852, portrayed in middle age, with finely modeled features, in formal military attire and with his decorations, inscribed Robt PHYSICK Sculpt 1852 to the truncation at the reverse, atop a waisted circular socle, 79cm high, 55cm wide
And a morocco leather covered wood document casket, circa 1830, inscribed for ‘HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, TRINIDAD’, with brass swing handle to the hinged cover, gilt tooled with the royal cypher thrice, 13.5cm high overall, 30cm wide

Lewis Grant was a son of Duncan Grant, of Mulochaird in Strathspey, Scotland and a younger brother of the physician, Sir James Robert Grant, who was chief medical officer at Waterloo. Grant entered the army in 1794 as an ensign in the 95th Regiment, from which he was promoted to lieutenant in the 97th Regiment. In 1795, Grant was aboard HMS Orion under James Saumarez at the Battle of Groix. He was promoted to captain in 1796 and subsequently fought under Sir Ralph Abercromby in the West Indies
In June 1801, Grant was appointed Assistant Quarter and Barrack Master General in Tobago and held the same position in Dominica in 1802. Promoted to major in 1802, he transferred to the 3rd West Indian Regiment and returned to England in 1803. Promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the 70th Regiment in 1804, he returned to the West Indies that year. Further promoted to colonel in 1813 and major-general in 1819, Grant was then appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1820, then Governor of Trinidad in 1829 serving in the latter post until 1833. It was whilst serving in this position that the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed, and Grant found himself caught between the recalcitrance of the slave owners on one side and the needs and requirements of the newly emancipated slaves on the other
On 13 September 1831, Grant was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order and Knight Bachelor, appointed to the colonelcy of the 96th Regiment of Foot on 9 April 1839 and awarded an honorary MA from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1847
On 11 November 1851, he was promoted to general and died suddenly from heart disease a few months later on 26 January 1852, aboard an omnibus on Regent Street, London

The bust is in excellent overall condition, bearing just the usual very minor knocks and scuffs overall consistent with age and use.
There is dust to the recesses.

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