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Henry Joseph Fleuss  

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Henry Joseph Fleuss Picture Gallery


Three picture that probably were by
Henry Joseph Fleuss

There is a suggestion that they are of  himself
and his wife.



Rifle Brigade Officer
A mid Victorian portrait of an officer in the Rifle Brigade. by Henry Fleuss. 
on canvas. Original gilt gesso frame.
w.41 in x h.46 in               Category: Oil Paintings     Walpoles Antiques 


1865  Watercolor and Gouache                     Size: 56 x 47.5 cm.

Catalogue Note

Queen Victoria having remained in seclusion following the death of Prince Albert in December 1861, the role of the Prince of Wales (Edward Albert, later King Edward VII) as representative of the Crown was significantly enhanced, and in May 1865 the Prince made an official State Visit to Ireland to open the Dublin International Exhibition. Arriving at Kingston aboard the royal yacht Victoria and Albert on Monday 8th May, the Prince was warmly welcomed, and local authorities had arranged 'a series of entertainment in his honour in full keeping with the splendour and magnificence of the inaugural ceremony.'1 That night there was a party at the Vice Regal Lodge, on the Tuesday the Prince 'opened the International Exhibition with great éclat in the presence of about 10,000 persons'2, and in the evening following the formal ceremonials the Lord Mayor hosted a grand ball at the Mansion-house. Finally, the next day, Wednesday 10th, the civic and cultural program was rounded off in military style. According to a report in The Times:

"A grand review of the troops in garrison in Dublin was held this afternoon on the Fifteen Acres, in the Phoenix Park. The Duke of Cambridge took the command of the troops. They were reviewed by the Prince of Wales and the Lord-Lieutenant; Lady Wodehouse, Mr Edmund R. Wodehouse, the Hon. Ralph Harbord, and other members of the Vice Regal Household accompanied the Royal Party. The number of spectators on the ground was greater than on any similar occasion since the visit of the Queen in 1849. The Prince of Wales, who was attired in the uniform of the 10th Hussars, of which regiment his Royal Highness is Colonel, was received with the greatest enthusiasm. On the arrival of the Prince, at a quarter past 3 o'clock, a Royal salute of 21 guns was fired, and the troops having been inspected the review at once commenced. It terminated at half-past 4 o'clock." 3

The present work provides a formal artistic record of this historic event. As noted by the Times correspondent, the Prince is in his Hussar's uniform, looking very much as he does in Robert Jefferson Bingham's carte-de-visite photograph (1864, National Portrait Gallery, London). He rides at the head of the reviewing party, in front of George, Duke of Cambridge (General Commanding in Chief of the British army) in red coat and bicorn hat, and another military gentleman, possibly the Prince of Leiningen, a distant cousin of the Prince and a leading member of his Irish entourage. The figure in a top hat at the edge of the picture is probably Lord Wodehouse, the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. In the distance can be seen the smoke of the salutary cannonade, with Dublin Bay and Howth Head behind.

A fine and delicately finished watercolour, the work is by Henry J. Fleuss. Fleuss was German (born in Düsseldorf), but is believed to have settled in England around 1830. A portrait and subject painter in oil and watercolour, he was employed as Drawing Master at Marlborough College from 1844 to 1857. Though relatively little is known of his work, Fleuss has a certain fame by association: William Morris attended Marlborough during his time there, and Fleuss's daughter Margaret later married John Bentley, architect of Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral. He is represented in the collections of the Manchester City Galleries, with a portrait of the Earl of Wilton.

From Sothebys


Thomas Grosvenor Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton



 John Brocklehurst (1788–1870)

John Brocklehurst (1788–1870)




George, William Frederick, Marquis of Ailesbury Lt Colonel Commandant of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry cavalry. By request of the Regiment.

From Grosvenor Prints




 Hans Busk, Originator of England's Volunteer Army.

Hans Busk, Originator of England's Volunteer Army.The Profits arising from the sale of this portrait will be contributed to the funds of an Association for the Mutual Benefit of Volunteers.

Drawn from life on stone by H.J.Fleuss, Member of the Artist's Volunteer Rifle Corps.

From Grosvenor Prints