Captain Robert Orme

This portrait is of Robert Orme (1725? - 1790) who transferred to the Coldstream Guards in 1745, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1751. He was aide-de-camp to General Braddock, and was wounded when Braddock was killed by the French (near Pittsburgh) in 1755. He returned to England and resigned from the army in 1756. He is recorded as a lieutenant on resignation, but may have been a temporary captain under General Braddock, certainly he was referred to as Captain Orme.

The composition is based on a sketch of 1752 from 'Saint Francis embracing a Sick Man' by Jacopo Ligozzi in the Cloister of the Ognissanti, Florence.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1723 - 1792
Full title
Captain Robert Orme
Date made
1756
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
239 x 147 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
NG681
Location in Gallery