Lieutenant Charles L. Pott of the Artists’ Rifles
Lawrence Lowe of London
A signed cabinet card portrait of artist and illustrator Charles Linder Pott (1865-1909), seen here wearing the uniform of the Artists’ Rifles. The regimental badge can clearly be seen on his collar. Designed by William Wyon, the Queen’s medallist, it consisted of two heads: Mars, God of War, and Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom, the latter chosen to represent the fine arts. Until 1914 the regimental full dress uniform was light grey with white facings, silver buttons and braid.
Born on 9 January 1865, Charles Linder Pott was the eldest son of artist Laslett John Pott, who exhibited a total of 43 paintings at the Royal Academy between 1860 and 1897. In 1889 he joined the 20th Middlesex (Artists’) Volunteers. By 1906 he had risen to the rank of ‘Capt. and Hon. Major’ (Volunteer Service Gazette and Military Dispatch, 22 June 1906).
On 2 August 1893 he married Mary Rose Lane, elder daughter of Frederick Quincey Lane of Berkhampsted. The couple appear on the 1901 census, living at Pinner in Middlesex with two of Charles’s siblings.
Charles Linder Pott died, aged only 44, on 23 October 1909 at Hatch End in Middlesex, leaving an estate valued at £1038. He was buried in Paines Lane Cemetery in Pinner.
Photographed by Lawrence Lowe of St John’s Wood, London.
The portrait has been signed ‘Charles L. Pott / Lieut.’ by the sitter in ink recto in the lower margin.
From an album presented to Thomas Dolling Bolton by Colonel Edis and the officers of the 20th Middlesex Artists’ Rifle Volunteers ‘in gratitude for his hospitality at Easter 1895.’ Thomas Bolton was for many years the Member of Parliament (Liberal) for North East Derbyshire.
Condition: the print presents some small marks and imperfections in the area of the background but has very good tonal range. The mount is firm, solid and very clean.
Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are approximately 6.5” by 4.3” (16.5 cm by 10.8 cm).