Lieutenant William Cubitt winning the VC, June 1857

Louis William Desanges

 
Lieutenant William Cubitt winning the VC, June 1857
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Lieutenant William George Cubitt (1835-1903), 13th Regiment [Bengal] Native Infantry, at Lucknow, in the action for which he was awarded the VC, 30 June 1857.

Oil on canvas, by Louis William Desanges, 1860 (c).

William Cubitt (1836-1903) entered the Bengal Army in 1853. During the Mutiny he took part in the defence of the Residency at Lucknow, was wounded, mentioned in despatches and awarded the Victoria Cross 'for saving the lives of three men of the 32nd Regt at the risk of his own', during the retreat after the action at Chinhut.

This painting is one of a series of 55 depicting Victoria Cross subjects executed between 1859 and 1862 by the British artist Louis Desanges, and displayed at the Crystal Palace during the 1860s and 1870s.

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