Figure depicting Sir Robert Sale
- Object Number: 1980.P.151
- Simple Name: figure
- Production Place: Stoke-on-Trent
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Period:
- Summary: Figure depicting Sir Robert Sale. Earthenware with overglaze painted decoration and gilded inscription 'Sir R Sale' to the base. Sir Robert is depicted riding a horse and is in full military dress.
- Terms:heroes & villains
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Credit: P D Gordon Pugh Collection. Purchased with grant in aid from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Art Fund and The Friends of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
- Additional Notes: Major General Sir Robert Sale (1782-1845) was a British Army officer who's military career included postings to Mauritius, France and Calcutta. He is particularly remembered for his role as the commander of the Jalalabad garrison during the First Afghan War. 'Fighting Bob' was a brave soldier but a strict disciplinarian. This caused some of his men to hate him, and even plot his murder. In response Sir Robert called his men on parade and had them fire blanks at him. Nobody took the opportunity to fire a live round. Sir Robert Sale died in action on the 21st December 1845 during the First Anglo-Sikh War.
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