He became the principle owner and Director of of the family business, a Sheffield engineering firm called Vickers, Sons & Co. Ltd.(1) A native son of Sheffield; a prominent business owner, the town made him Justice of the Peace and Master Cutler in 1872. He also was one of the founders of the Hallamshire Rifles, a volunteer regiment, joining at the age of 26 and rising to the rank of Colonel in 1884. Queen Victoria awarded him the Order of Bath in 1898.
He married Frances
Mary Douglas in 1860 and they would have six children -- the first
was one year after there marriage. Seven years after that, around the
of their fifth child (1869), they bought Bolsover Hill, an eleven acre
estate on the north side of Sheffield (since torn down) with a
three-stall stable, double coach-house, a man's servant's cottage,
offices, yards, and gardens. The house itself had two kitchens and
bedrooms. They employed eight servants -- a coachman, cook,
housemaid, two nurses, kitchenmaid, and parlourmaid).
By 1884, he had achieved a lot, and it was time to immortalize his family in portraits. The timing especially seemed right given their eldest daughter was turning twenty-one.
The previous year, the Colonel and his wife agreed that she should travel to Paris for the Salon (1883) in order to pick a suitable artist.
Sold Sothebys; 3/11/1999; Lot 93; $31,625
Sold Sothebys; 12/1/1994;
Hiram Maxim was an American inventor who settled in south London, England and developed the machine gun.
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