John Small, born in Perthshire, enjoyed a distinguished career with the 84th Foot Highland Regiment, serving in Canada, the West Indies, and America. In 1793, he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey.
In his sitter’s book, 'Memorandum', (National Art Library, London - MSL/1944/433-435) the artistrecords painting Small three times; this work, no. 5448, painted in 1796, was the last.
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