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An Officer of an Indian Irregular Horse Regiment
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An Officer of an Indian Irregular Horse Regiment

Circa 1860

Measurements: Overall: 43cm (17in) x 40cm (16in)



Watercolour on paper. Equestrian portrait of an officer of an Indian irregular horse regiment mounted on a bay charger, wearing blue uniform, spiked helmet and high boots typical of the Indian Mutiny period (1857-58). The crescent shaped decoration on the sabretache may relate to the fish insignia worn by the three regiments of Oudh Irregular cavalry before the 1857 rebellion. Alternatively it may represent the crescent adopted by cavalry regiments that recruited Muslim horsemen, such as Cureton’s Multanis. The medal appears to be a representation of the Indian Mutiny medal. Framed and glazed.

Reference: Nath, Ashok (2009) ‘Izzat: historical records and iconography of Indian cavalry regiments, 1750-2007’, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, United Service Institution of India. pp. 111–115.