Wright’s account book lists a ‘Capt. Bailey, £6. 6s’ among sitters at Derby circa 1760. Allowing for the vagaries of the spelling of surnames in the 18th century it seems highly likely that this is the portrait to which the artist refers.1 Bayly held the rank of Captain in the 44th Foot from 1757 and, given that he was ‘raised for rank’ in the 108th in 1761, must have left his regiment in America and returned to Britain to raise troops at around this time.
We are grateful to Dr. Brian Allen for endorsing the attribution on the basis of a photograph and suggesting a date of circa 1760. We are also grateful to Dr. Andrew Cormack for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
1 See Literature for Nicholson’s transcription of Wright’s account book.
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