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A Portrait Miniature of Lieutenant Henry Nicoll, 50th Bengal Native Infantry, 1843
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A Portrait Miniature of Lieutenant Henry Nicoll, 50th Bengal Native Infantry, 1843

Measurements: Overall: 22cm (8.75in) x 20cm (8in)

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Watercolour. Half length portrait of Lieutenant Nicoll wearing the Punniar Star on his scarlet coatee with gold lace collar, epaulettes, and shoulder belt with and regimental SBP. Framed and glazed

General Henry Nicoll, C.B., (1816-1907) was the son of Samuel Nicoll, Master of the New Forest and Hursley Foxhounds. He was nominated for a cadetship in the East India Company’s Bengal Army and was commissioned Ensign in the 50th Native Infantry in December 1834. His first active service was 1842 in the suppression of a revolt in Bundelkhand by followers of Raja Parikshit. At the end of the year was present at the Battle of Punniar in the Gwalior Campaign which arrested Maratha hopes of regaining independence lost to the British in 1818. In 1848 he was present with his regiment the campaign against the Sikhs which completed the annexation of the Punjab,

On promotion to Captain, he was appointed Brigade Major at Delhi in 1855, and was engaged in crushing an uprising by Santhal tribesmen, the victims of a distorted revenue system. He was at Delhi on the night of 10/11 May 1857 when the first mutineers arrived from Meerut, and called for the Mughal Emperor to lead them in a mass revolt against the British. Nicoll together with other Europeans escaped to an outlying station prior to joining the Delhi Field Force as Brigade Major. On 8 June he was present at the action of Badlee-ka-Serai, where a British and Gurkha force defeated a rebel force of 9,000, that included sepoy troops, and cleared the way to the heights before Delhi (Mentioned in the Despatch of Brigadier Graves, 8 June 1857).

Nicoll served as Brigade Major throughout the siege of Delhi, and at the assault and final capture (Mentioned in the Despatch of Brigadier Longfield; Brevet Major). He was promoted Colonel, Bengal Staff Corps, in 1866, and advanced to General in 1889. He died in Lidlington Vicarage, Bedfordshire in February 1907 but was posthumously gazetted a Companion of the Bath in the Indian Mutiny Jubilee Honours List on 28 June 1907.
 

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