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Recruits to Skinner's Horse

June 30, 1815
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

Recruits to Skinner's Horse



Fig. 79: RECRUITS TO SKINNER'S HORSE, c. 1815-20. From the Skinner Album. The uniforms and weapons indicate that the young men have come in from the countryside to be recruited for the second regiment of Skinner's Horse which James Skinner founded in 1814 to assist the British in the war with Nepal. The painting is a second version of one in the Fraser albums, which gives us all their names (Archer and Falk 1989, no. 57). They are all either Jats or Gujjars, the peasant castes of south and west of Delhi. One of the men here seems to be in undress uniform, while another is dressed in the full uniform of tall shako and yellow surcoat or kurta (which gave the regiment its name of The Yellow Boys') worn over a black jacket with red frogging. Watercolour and bodycolour, 25 x 37.6 cm. British Library, London, Add.Or.1261.

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Very good information.


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