English School, 19th century A European Officer, 4th Bengal Irregular Cavalry, 1840s

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Lot 344
English School
19th century
A European Officer, 4th Bengal Irregular Cavalry, 1840s

Sold for £ 1,912 (US$ 2,491) inc. premium
English School, 19th century
A European Officer, 4th Bengal Irregular Cavalry, 1840s
oil on board
46.4 x 39cm (18 1/4 x 15 3/8in).

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  • Provenance
    with The Parker Gallery, London.
    Private collection, UK.

    The uniforms of the forces of the Honourable East India Company were influenced both by the dress of the British Army but also, of course, by Indian dress. The yellow kurta or long coat was a traditional Indian garment but is here combined with a white metal helmet of Germanic style and long Heavy Cavalry boots and European horse furniture, despite the fact that this regiment was designated as Light Cavalry. The officer appears to have received the Jellalabad Medal of 1842.

    We would like to thank Dr Andrew Cormack for his assistance cataloguing this lot.
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