Portrait of Rear Admiral John Sprat Rainier in Naval Uniform
Oil on canvas
29 7/8 x 24 3/4 inches (75.88 x 62.87 cm)
[Sale] Sotheby's New York, May 25, 2000, lot 56
John Sprat Rainier (1777-1822) was a nephew of Admiral Peter Rainier (1741-1808), commander of the Royal Navy in the East Indies, who promoted the young man's career assiduously. John Rainier served as a lieutenant on his uncle's flagship starting in 1794; was promoted to captain in 1796; and to rear admiral in 1819. He ably commanded various ships during the ongoing warfare with the Dutch in the Indies and took part in the British seizure of several Dutch possessions there. At his uncle's death he succeeded to his seat in the House of Commons, representing the borough of Sandwich, Kent.
C Property from the Estate of A. Edward Allinson, Palm Beach
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