In this showroom you will find photographs taken in India - a large proportion of them of military interest. More photographs relating to specific subjects will be found in the salerooms entitled Viceroys, Delhi Durbars and Royal Visits, and Indian Princes. Another showroom shows non-Indian military photographs. This website was last updated 8th  March 2018. FOR  UP TO DATE VERSION PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE:      For further details ring Jeffery Bates on UK 07966 17683 or email

Lord Combermere, hero of Bhurtpore 11003

Field Marshal Viscount Combermere, G.C.B., G.C.S.I. An original vintage portrait photograph by Maull & Fox of London, 9 x 12cm showing the hero of Bhurtpore in dress uniform as Colonel of the Life Guards. The portrait is mounted on a titled sheet of thin card and accompanied by three pages of biographical text as it appeared in the Army and Navy Magazine Vol III of 1882. £35

Staff Officers in India, circa 1911 00001124

The central Colonel on the first row wears medal ribbons which include the Order of the Indian Empire, the 1911 Delhi Durbar, China War, Tibet and India General Service. The rather casual captain second from left wears a cap badge in the form of a large Edwardian cypher which is usually associated with the Royal Norfolk Yeomanry. The unmounted photograph measures 308 x 215mm and is a little damaged at the left edge

62nd (Wiltshire) Regt. A group of the officers at Lucknow in 1869, several identified. 00000940

A good vintage group photograph showing the officers in one of those typical Victorian relaxed but organised images. Most of the officers wear white tropical dress uniform and others wear various types of mufti, grouped in front of an imposingly columned building. A few of the sitters are identified in pencil on the lower margin of the card on which it is mounted, Lts Arthur Goding and Henry Jones, Capt Robert Neville Gream, Ensign Clayton William James Hingston. The lt col commanding at the time was William Lenox Ingall, C.B. The 62nd (Wiltshire Regiment) had embarked for India in 1868 but had previously served there during the Sutlej Campaign. The image, which measures 8½ x 6½ins [22 x 16.5cm], is a little damaged and ragged along the lower edge, although this does not affect any of the figures.

Prime Minister of Hyderabad, circa 1860s, by H J Nixon 07715

His Excellency Salar Jung, Prime Minister to His Highness the Nizam. Original Vintage Photographic Portrait Hyderabad. 7 x 9ins [17 x 23cm] with Rounded Corners The somewhat faded sepia portrait, is pasted to a card leaf from a book or portfolio with details on the reverse. The card mount has a damp stain but this does not appear to affect the photograph itself. Nawab Mir Muhammad Ali Khan, Salar Jang [or Jung], 1829-1883. held important and powerful positions in the Nizam's state, variously Prime Minister and co-Regent. The portrait is undated but we are inclined to put in in the late 1860s. In 1870 Salar Jun became the eighth recipient of the Knight Grand Cross of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India and later photographs show him wearing the star of that order. He is shown full length seated alongside a bookcase holding the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Indore Residency by Rajaj Deen Dayal, circa 1890 007566

Indore Reidency, Central India. An Orignal Vintage Photograph of the British Resident's House Circa 1890 by Raja Deen Dayal. Original vintage photograph,10.5 x 6.75ins [26.5 x 17cm], mounted on an old card album leaf, numbered in the negative 1594, the number repeated on the mount, The photograph is sepia toned and shows the Residency at Indore [an important 19 gun salute state in Central India]. in the centre with gardeners working around the well kept grounds. The card mount is chipped at the corners. The reverse shows a view of the Residency Bridge [No 1587].

LAHORE. Pilots of the Royal Flying Corps / RAF, November 1918 06906

A Flight, 114 Squadron, RAF, Lahore, November 1918. A Group Portrait of Seven Pilots in RFC Uniform. Original Vintage Photograph, 11.5 x 9ins. [ 290 x 220mm] An excellent, clear group portrait dating from the time of the formation of the Royal Air Force.A Flight, 114 Squadron was only formed in 1917 and these officers appear to be those flying from Lahore to judge by the inscription on the reverse (others flew from Aden, etc). They are shown wearing an interesting variety of uniforms, all still sporting pilots' wings of the Royal Flying Corps design. The two captains in the centre both wear the shoulder chains that suggest a cavalry origin, the lieutenant at the rear with the Military Cross ribbon wears collar badges of a Fusilier Regiment. It should be relatively easy to identify the sitters from the Air Force List of 1918. The reverse has a presentation inscription and is signed although the surname is hard to make out.

Signed portrait of the Earl of Ronaldshay as Governor of Bengal, 1917 07419

The portrait shows Lord Ronaldshay [1876-1961, later 2nd Marquess of Zetland] full length wearing court dress with sword and the sash and star of the Order of the Indian Empire and is mounted on a photographer's card and signed "Ronaldshay" on the mount, minor damage ot the edge of the card and some discolouration to the card margins but the photograph remains in excellent condition,14 x 20cm [5.5 x 8ins] . Ronaladshay had previously served in India as an Aide de Camp to Lord Curzon when he was Viceroy of India. He travelled widely in Asia and wrote several books inspired by his adventures of travel and sport. On leaving Bengal he was awarded a GCSI and he succeeded his father as second Marquess of Zetland in 1926.

EDWARDES of CHITRAL, Captain Stanley Malcolm Edwardes, D.S.O., late N Lancashire Regt 10006

A good full length portrait of Edwardes of Chitral, 2.5 x 4ins, pasted to a piece of an old card album leaf, identified in pencil on the card “Edwardes of Chitral, photographed in Cashmere”. Edwardes is shown wearing a poshteen and a pagri and has a double barrelled rifles under his arm. Judging his age against a photograph of him at the time of the relief of Chitral it was probably taken around 1900. In 1895 Edwardes had played a heroic part in the relief of Chitral when he was captured en route to Chitral. The fierce casualties his small force at Reshan had inflicted on the Chitralis caused their commander to put off storming the fortress fearing excessive casualties. He was mentioned in despatches and awarded a DSO.

Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior, an original panoramic photograph by Dias Studios of Bombay, 1930s. 10024

A panoramic view of unusual proportions [16 x 5ins, 40 x 13.5cm], necessitated by the enormous size of the palace, built to the design of Lt Col Sir Michael Filose for Maharaja Jayaji Rao of Gwalior between 1972-74. The very loyal maharaja was determined to have it finished in time for the 1875 visit of the Prince of Wales. The huge Durbar hall boasts what are thought to be largest glass chandeliers in the world and palace still contains numerous examples of the glass furniture and fittings that were so popular in 19th century India – including a large glass fountain and the famous glass banisters to the main staircase, This photograph has been removed from a large dilapidated old album and has marks at the corners on the verso where it has been lightly tipped in to a page.

Highland Light Infantry at Lucknow in tropical highland uniform, 1913 06938

Right Half I Coy 1st Highland Light Infabtry, Lucknow 1913. An Original Vintage Photograph Showing the Soldiers in Tropical Highland Uniform Wearing Tartan Shorts, Together with Their Dogs, at Lucknow. 10.5 x 8ins [270 x 200mm] by an unidentified photographer.An interesting group portrait in an unusual order of dress. A little faded, mounted on photographer's card which is trimmed close to the image.

Uniformed soldiers dancing at the Highland Gathering in Agra in 1913 07004

Four Soldiers from a Highland Regiment Highland Dancing at the Highland Gathering Held in Agra in 1913. 5.5 x 10.5 Ins [140 x 268mm]. A formal photograph taken in Agra in 1913 by B Dorab showing four Highlanders dancing on the stage at the Highland Gathering in Agra 1913. Mounted on an old paper part page form an album, signed in the negative and numbered 19, good toning and clean condition.

Seaforth Highlanders at the Highland Gathering in Agra, 1913 07007

A soldier or nco from the Seaforth Highlanders Preparing to Dance at the Highland Gathering Held in Agra in 1913. 5.5 x 10.5 Ins [140 x 268mm] A formal photograph taken in Agra in 1913 by B Dorab showing four Highlanders preparing to danced on the stage at the Highland Gathering in Agra 1913, a broadsword at his feet. The soldier is wearing four campaign medals, the first being for the Sudan. Scoring boards to the right indicate the regiments taking part. Unmounted signed in the negative and numbered 22, good toning, some creasing to left margin and corners chipped.

North Staffordshire Regt. A surveying party in India, circa 1914. 07403

The North Staffordhire Regt. A Vintage Photograph of a Surveying Party of the North Staffs Taken in India, Probably Just Before or During World War One A military portrait group comprising a second lieutenant with ncos and soldiers of the north Staffordshire Regiment [identifiable by the officer's collar badges and the shoulder titles] wearing tropical dress with solar topees. The card mount bears the impressed credit of S Mahadeo of Belgaum. A date before the Great War is suggested by the lack of medal ribbons apart from one nco who wear those for the South African War, 27.5 x 18.5cm.

LUCKNOW. A General Post Mutiny View of the City L ooking Towards the Grand Mosque. 07716

A well preserved and artisitc view of Lucknow in sepia tones, signed and numbered in the negative Sache 169. It is pasted to part of an old card album leaf. The image probably dates from about 1870 but may be from an earlier plate. 11.5 x 7.25ins [29 x 8.5cm] image size

Shalimar, a large format photograph by Homes of the gardens and distant mountains 07717

A well toned original photograph printed on quite thick paper, signed in the negative Holmes and numbered 234 with title, copyright stamp of R B Holmes to verso, circa 1920s. Some damage and slight loss along the lower edge, unmounted. 11.5 x 9.5 Ins [ 288 x 238mm]

The Residency, Lucknow. A fine view of the post Mutiny ruins with an Indian in the foreground. 07718

A very clear, artistic, and well toned view of the Residency, by an unknown photographer, circa 1900, pasted to an old card album leaf, the reverse with another view of Lucknow. 11.5 x 8ins [29 x 24cm] image

Jaipur. A Lively Street Scene, Original Vintage Photograph Circa 1890 07442

An unmounted photograph with a busy view of the main road into Jaipur, by an unidentified photographer. Somewhat faded and a little discoloured towards the edges, small tear with minor loss top right. 10.5 x 8.5ins [26.5 x 21cm]

Gordon Highlanders. A group portrait of the Band of the 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders, 1895 07469

A good large vintage photograph showing the band of the 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders. In the centre is Lt Col Thomas Stanhope Gildea who wears his Afghanistan Medal with clasp for Peiwar Kotal [where he was mentioned in despatches] next to a sergeant wearing medals from the recent Egypt campaign. The colonel wears tartan trews or jodhpurs with his riding boots. The photograph has some edge fading and is a little grubby, mounted on a chipped old card album leaf. The reverse shows the Corporals of the 1st Gordon Highlanderrs: both images are signed indistinctly in the negative. 14 x 9.5ins [36 x 24cm]

GORDON HIGHLANDERS. The Band of the 1st Battalion 1893 07488

A good clear but slightly faded photograph showing the Band of the 1st Gordon Highlanders in India, wearing tropical highland dress with kilts, with their instruments in front of a barrack building in India, dated 1893. The pipers appear not to be present. The reverse has an unfaded group portrait of the Tug of War team including a CSM and a Sergeant in uniform. The old album card leaf has edge tears but these do not affect the photographs. 10.5 x 7ins 26 x 17cm]

ROYAL ARTILLERY. Four officers in stable dress, posed in India, circa 1890 07449

A vintage photograph picturing four Royal Artillery officers in stable dress uniform taken in India. Mounted on an old card album leaf, some fading especially to the right hand side. The composition shows two lieutenants, a captain and a major, their ranks identifiable by the differing lace on the sleeves. A typically posed Victorian group with a sword and undress sabretache lying on a carpet at the officers feet. 9x 7ins [22 x 18cm].

A Vintage Photographic View of the Ruined Dilkusha palace at Lucknow, Circa 1890 07444

A somewhat faded photograph mounted on a stout card album leaf with a clear general view of the ruined Dilkusha Palace with a gardener in the foreground. 21.5 x 15.5cm . Maximum shipping charge £2 UK, £4.10 airmail.

Malakand Pass, North West Frontier. A Distant View from an Old Gordon Highlanders' album 07489

A good vintage photograph of the Malakand Pass on an old album sheet from an album which belonged to a member of the 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders and dates from the 1890s. The Gordons were on the north West Frontier where they were part of the force which relieved the fortress of Chitral. . The reverse has a somewhat afded photograph of Karnbat with the snowy range beyond. 8 x 6ins [20 x 15cm]

CAMPBELLPORE. Heavy guns of 12 Eastern Division, Royal Artillery, circa 1895. Panoramic view 07490

Royal Artillery, No 12 Eastern Division at Campbellpore, Circa 1895, showing the heavy guns pulled by pairs of elephants. An interesting vintage military photograph showing six heavy guns each with two elephants and a column of supporting equipment and troops at Campbellpore, a military cantonment on the North West Frontier between Rawalpindi and Peshawar near Attock, in present day Pakistan. The panorama is of two parts on two old album pages that were taken from an old album largely of 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders photographs. There is a water stain to the left edge of the photograph and some other markings but it is quite a scarce image. The reverse of one page shows the lake at Kandy in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] and the other shows K Company 1st Gordons in tropical highland dress. 21 x 8ins Total Size of 2 Part Panorama

Lord Roberts of Kandahar with an Indian orderly in South Africa 08080

A stereoscopic card by Underwood and Underwood taken in Pretoria and showing Lord Roberts as Commander in Chief wearing khaki service dress. An Indian orderly stands to his right.

Brig. Gen. Sir Charles Henry Brownlow, K.C.B., A.D.C., Bengal Staff Corps 00000986

A good carte de visite by Mayall of London and Brighton, circa 1870s, showing Brownlow full length in civilian clothes seated in a chair. Charles Brownlow was born 183, the son of Colonel George Brownlow. He entered the Indian Army and was with the Army of the Reserve in the Punjab Campaign of 1848-49, served with the 1st Sikh Infantry in the Black Mountain campaign, Hazara 1852-3, against the Mohmunds in 1854 when he was shot through the lungs, the Bozdar Expedition 1857, commanded 8th [later 20th] Punjab Infantry on the Euzofsai Frontier 1858, China Campaign of 1860, at Taku Forts, occupation of Peking (C.B. & brevet of Major), Umbeyla Campaign 1863, Hazara 1868. Looshai Expeditionary Force 1871-72 [commanding the Right or Chittagong Column and receiving govt thanks and K.C.B.]. He served as A.D.C. to Queen Victoria 1869-81 and was Assistant Military Secretary art Horseguards 1879-80. He received the G.C.B. 1887 before retiring as a General in 1887. He lived in retirement at Warfield Hall in the Berkshire village of that name and is buried in the local church graveyard.

Darjeeling, Lebong. Vintage photographs of British soldiers at a sports meeting 07454

Three vintage photographs showing British soldiers at a detachment sports meeting - hurdles, tug of war, racing. The events are taking place at Lebong, some 1000 feet below Darjeeling and about eight miles from the mall. most of th soldiers watching with other onlookers wear tropical service dress with helmets. The pictures show uneven discolouration and are pasted to old thin card album leaves. 9.5 x 7ins [24 x 18cm]

SAUGOR, the Mosque. An Original Vintage Photograph of the Mosque at Saugoe, Near Hyderabad. 07476

A good clear image of the Mosque at Saugor City [Hyderabad]. Pasted to an old card album leaf with ink identification, the reverse with five pictures of Europeans [two identified as Churchill & Learoyd] at Kalpi in 1909. 7 x 9.5ins [18 x 23.5cm]

The 16th Cavalry at Delhi 1918-1919. Designated 16th Bengal Lancers from 1922. 07474

Six good small photographs showing the 16th Cavalry at Delhi in 1918-19 . Four of these show sowars charging over jumps with their lances, one showing a troop in line abreast. Another image shows a line of sowars behind a wall and the other shows British and Indian officers of the regiment mounted and dismounted. The six images are in good condition and mounted on an old album leaf with a printed regimental badge at the head [probably form a sheet of writing paper]. the card is damaged but nowhere does the damage affect the photographs. the reverse has four photographs of a group of Europeans at Ranchi in 1918 as the cast of an amateur theatrical "Mrs Dot". 13 x 8cm each photograph.

CHITRAL CAMPAIGN 1895. Munda Fort and General Waterfield with his staff. 07472

Munda Fort, Chitral, North West Frontier. An original vintage photograph from 1895 showing Munda Fort, the palace stronghold of Umra Khan, taken by the British on the advance to Chitral. Also a portrait of General Waterfield with his staff A very good contemporary photograph of Munda Fort with members of the British Force in front of it. Attached to an old album leaf with manuscript title, small area of damage and loss at extreme right but not reaching the fort, fading to edges but again leaving the image of the fort very clear. The reverse has a group portrait [15 x 20cm] of Brigadier Henry Gordon Waterfield [late 34th Bengal NI] with his staff. Waterfield, veteran of thre Mutiny and the Hazara Campaign, was in command of the 2nd Brigade [composed of 2 KOSB, 1 Gordons, 4th Sikhs, and Guides Infantry. The bearded brigadier and his staff wear service dress with swords. This photograph is faded from the left top corner but the central figure remains very clear. Munda Fort was the palace stronghold of Umra Khan and was taken by the Chitral Field Force on its way to Chitral Fort. Munda, now in pakistan, is an area undergoing considerable restoration and development at the moment. 8 x 6ins [20.5 x15cm]

CHITRAL CAMPAIGN. Munda Fort & the Suspension Bridge over the Swat River, 1895. 07473

A very good contemporary photograph of Munda Fort, unusually showing the interior. Attached to an old album leaf with manuscript title, a very clear image. The reverse has a similar sized photograph of the Suspension Bridge over the Swat River. These photographs were taken during the 1895 Chitral Campaign when the Fort at Munda was captured by a British force making its way to Chitral. Munda was the palace fort stronghold of Umra Khan. Munda, now in Pakistan, is an area undergoing considerable restoration and development at the moment. 8 x 5.5ins [20.5 x15cm]

CHITRAL. Cemetery Janbatai. Graves of the Gordon Highlanders, 1896 10025

A very clearview of this small cemetery at Chitral with the names of the Gordon Highlanders buried there neatly picked out with stones. A poignant reminder of the work of the regiment during the 1895 campaign , 8 x 6ins [20 x 16cm]. Mounted on an old card leaf from an album kept by a Gordon Highlander. The reverse has a tream portrait of the winners and runners up of the Punjab [soccer] Cup dated 1896-7.

A mounted British Officer, Indian Army late 19th Century 010028

A formal study of a British Officer of an Indian regiment mounted, wearing service dress with sword, 21 x 15cm, the photograph mounted on an old paper album leaf.

Seaforth Highlanders. The drums and colours in India, 1913 06936

A good original photograph by Dorab of Agra, circa 1913 showing the colours and drums of the Seaforth Highlanders against a tartan background. The last battle honours on the colours are Paaredburg and South Africa 1899-1902. Unmounted but with traces of brown paper to verso, some surface yellowing to an area left of centre but generally a good formal image.

Royal Horse Artillery. A cabinet portrait of a trooper taken by Dean of Rawalpindi 11168

A very clean portrait, bust length of an unidentified trooper of the Royal Horse Artillery wearing blue service dress and probably taken about 1890-1900. The card is that of George Dean of Rawalpindi and Murree.

Signed portrait of H.E. Sir John Anderson, G.C.B., G.C.I.E., Governor of Bengal, circa 1932 07254

A fine full length portrait of the Governor by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta, 5.5 x 8ins [14 x 19cm] mounted on two shades of brown photographer’s card, signed in pencil by the photographers on the inner mount and on the photograph, lower right, in ink John Anderson. The image, in fine condition, shows the Governor in court dress, wearing the robe and insignia of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire and the badge and star of the Order of the Bath. Anderson had a distinguished diplomatic career and after India entered the House of Commons.

Royal Horse Artillery. A cabinet portrait of a trooper taken by Divechia of Rawalpindi 11169

A very clean cabinet card showing a trooper of the RHA, taken by D P Divechia of Finance Road, Rawalpindi.

Colour Party of the 1/15th Punjab Infantry at Simla 1940 as part of the Viceroy's Bodyguard. 10055

A good but damaged photograph showing two subalterns with the colours and escort taken in 1940 when the battalion, under the command of Lt Col D G Sundias Smith had been chosen to act as the Viceroy’s Bodyguard during the hot season. 7.5 x 9ins but trimmed at the lower edge where there is also a tear without loss, minor loss to right margin.

Officers of the Hyderabad Contingent with the Resident, circa 1870 00001118

.A good original group photograph of the British Resident at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, C. B. Saunders, C.B., with officers of the Hyderabad Contingent, probably taken at Aurangabad. Several of the sitters are identified on a sheet of paper to which it is tipped, unmounted and in good condition, photograph size 8 x 4.5ins [20 x 14cm]. In 1872 Saunders went on privilege leave and Lord Northbrook appointed Colonel Peter Lumsden as his temporary representative. It was the Viceroy's great satisfaction with Lumsden's performance of his office there that led to his appointment as Political Agent at the important Central Indian state of Gwalior. The Resident at Hyderabad, C B Saunders {in office 1868-72] is central at the back wearing the Indian Mutiny medal. The centrally positioned officer on the front row holds a particularly interesting looking cavalry sabre perhaps of the 1796 pattern although it appears to have an ivory hilt. The unusual way in which he holds it adds to the possibility that it may be some sort of presentation sword. This officer [not identified] wears the Mutiny medal with one clasp [probably Central India]. .

Agra, the Red Fort, circa 1913 11036

A good, large photograph of the entrance to the fort at Agra taken by B Sorab of Agra, 11.5 x 8.5ins [29 x 21.5cm] mounted on an old thin card album leaf. The leaf is torn at the edges but the photograph remains in good condition. The image came from an old album of the Seaforth Highlanders and the soldier on the left in gateway appears to a member of that regiment.

Seaforth Highlanders at Agra, the NCOs wearing medals, circa 1913 11037

A large unmounted photograph of the NCOs and families of the Seaforth Highlanders, probably taken by B Dorab in Agra Fort but with no credit on the image, 11.5 x 8.5ins [29 x 21.5cm], a few vertical creases and small edge tear without loss. The soldiers wear dress uniform with kilts and most wear glengarries. Many of the soldiers wear medals, especially the Sudan Campaign: the sergeant major right of centre on the front row wears the 1903 Durbar medal – worn at that period before the campaign medals.

The Taj Mahal at Agra, circa 1910 11038

A good bold image showing the Taj beyond trees from a rather unusual angle, by B Dorab of Agra, 11.5 x 8.5ins [29 x 21.5cm], unmounted, some damage at extreme top corners.

Seaforth Highlanders, 1st Battalion Shooting Challenge Shield, Agra 1913 11040

A very good sharp photograph of the shield by B orab of Agra [11.5 x 8.5ins], unmounted and in excellent condition. An attractive image of an important regimental trophy. Taken about 1913. Three was a Highland Gathering at Agra at 1913 when several Scottish regiments were stationed there.

Mrs Cruickshank driving a trap, circa 1895 11041

An interesting image of a lady of standing in India at the reins of her own trap with two liveried grooms behind, identified on the piece of old album card as Mrs Cruickshank, the two horses identified as Nora and Daffodil, 8 x 6ins [20 x 15cm] lacking top right corner but nicely toned. The driver is thought to be the wife of Fletcher Cecil Macdonald Cruickshank, Assistant Magistrate in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. Sold with a smaller image from the same page showing a gentleman in a trap, the horse identified as Rex and the servant with him as Toolsi Ram, from the same old album.

Major Horatio Biden playing chess with himself, Aurangabad circa 1868 or earlier 11042

A most unusual “trick photograph” showing Major H Biden seated at a chess table with another image of himself as the opponent. Major Biden was the commandant of the 3rd Artillery Battery of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Contingent from 1857 and a central figure of a small European group in the neighbourhood. Biden and his friend Major Gill were both good amateur photographers and Gill, who was considered to have “gone native” and was somewhat excluded from much European society but not from Biden, may have collaborated on this image. The small photograph is unmounted and measures 3.5 x 4.5ins [9 x 11cm], identified on the reverse in pencil in a contemporary hand. The photograph came to us from a Scottish source and was in a small archive which included the Aurangabad album offered in our Catalogue Showroom.

71st Bengal Native Infantry. Carte de visite of Lt Wellesley Campbell. 11049

A carte de visite by J Moffat, 103 Prince’s Street, Edinburgh showing Mr Wellesley Campbell full length wearing civilian highland dress with Glengarry and kilt. The card is inscribed on the reverse “Mr Wellesley Campbell of Coninish, Lieut Bengal Army Nov 1866”. Wellesley Campbell was commissioned into the 71st Native Infantry in 1857. The regiment was one of those that mutinied and after the Mutiny he was shown as being on the cadre of officers of that regiment. In 1872 he was shown in the same position but “with the 14th NI”. Although there are numerous branches of the Campbells the unusual first name should make it possible to research this gentleman.

Field Marshal Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum. A fine signed portrait in uniform 08423

A fine and large full length portrait of Lord Kitchener wearing field marshal’s dress uniform wearing medals, the neck badge of the Order of Merit, and the breast stars of seven orders [his GCSI, which he was only awarded in June 1909, in the centre] and holding his baton in his right hand. The portrait is mounted on photographer’s card bearing the credit of Stereoscopic Company, London. The photograph measures 11 x 8.5 ins and overall size of the card is approx 16 x 12ins: it is mounted in a silver painted wooden frame [possibly Indian] and there are marks on the back where a strut frame has been removed. The photograph is signed at the bottom on the mount Kitchener F.M. and further inscribed in his hand For Colonel Malleson. Unless collected or delivered in the UK the frame will be removed as it does not have any particular value and is a hazard when shipping. It is most likely that this handsome portrait was taken at a time very shortly after Kitchener had received his field marshal’s baton from the hands of the King Emperor, Edward VII early in 1910 after his return from India. He had been made a field marshal in September 1909 upon leaving his post in India hoping, indeed expecting, to be returning as Viceroy. He did not achieve that office, ostensibly because the Indian people would not have wanted a military man in that civil office at the time but there was hostility towards his aspirations from various quarters, including the powerful Secretary of State, Morley. The recipient of the portrait was certainly Wilfred Malleson who was commissioned into the RA but spent his career with the 19th Punjabis, becoming Lt Col in 1902. The portrait appears in Philip Magnus’s Kitchener. Portrait of an Imperialist [John Murray 1958] page 290.

Simla. A good general view of the summer capital of India, circa 1900 11070

A good strongly toned image of Simla, 11.5 x 8ins, mounted on an old album page. No photographer is identified. The photograph gives a good impression of the town with buildings layered up the steep hill side towards the Mall and the church to the right.

H M S Malabar. An Indian Troop Ship launched in 1866, seen in the Suez Canal 1894 07798

A good image of one of the five Euphrates Troopships built for the Indian Government. It was built at Robert Napier on the Clyde and launched in 1866, capable of travelling a full infantry battalion with the soldiers familes as well. This image is on an old album leaf, dated on the card 1894. There is a French caption in the negative showing the ship to have been at Toussoum in the Suez Canal. The reverse of the card has another good image of a ahip. This is the P & S ship SS Oceana and the caption notes "Foundered after a collision". The image size for photos is 10.5 x 8.5ins [258 x 220mm]

Punjab Frontier Force. Jubilee Celebration at Kohat 1900 11071

A large group portrait of the officers, all in civilian dress. All are clear enough to identify if one has the patience - apart from the dog in the front row which has moved its head. The photograph, 11.5 x 8ins is mounted on an old album leaf which is dated 1900. The recerse has a half sized image "The Indus at Khushalgahr and two smaller images of Rhonda, Spain.

Mountain Artillery Officers at Rawalpindi 1909 07803

A group portrait, 11.5 x 8ins [29 x 23cm], showing a lieutenant colonel and 12 other officers. The photograph, signed in the negative Bali & Co, is mounted on an old album leaf. The reverse has a four pictures of a house called Hartley House, Mannamead, Plymouth - presumably the property of the RA officer who compiled this disbound album.

King George V’s Proclamation, Simla 1910 07806

A large vintage photograph [11 x 8.5ins, 283 x 212mm] showing the crowds on and around the Mall on the occasion of the Proclamation of George V as King Emperor. The photograph is mounted on an old card album leaf with a view on the reverse showing the Racecourse at Annandale, Simla.

Lord Kitchener, Commander in Chief India, with Army Headquarters Staff at Simla 1909 07807

A good, large vintage photograph showing Army Headquarters at Simla towards the end of Lord Minto’s reign as Viceroy. Lord Kitchener is flanked by some eight general officers, including on his immediate left Sir Beauchamp Duff who was to be a later commander in chief. The photograph measures 13.25 x 9ins [338 x 228mm] and is mounted on an old card album leaf and the reverse has a group image 13 officers of the Mountain Batteries at Jutogh, signed in the negative “Hatz”.

Gen Sir O'Moore Creagh, V.C as commander in chief India with Headquarters Staff, Simla 1913 07808

A good, vintage photograph showing Army Headquarters Staff at Simla during the period of Lord Hardinge’s reign as Viceroy. The central figure is the Commander in Chief, General Sir O’Moore Creagh, V.C., G.C.B., G.C.S.I.who had succeeded Kitchener in 1909. 11.5 x 8.5ins [290 x 212mm]. The photograph is mounted on an old card album leaf and the reverse has a shi[p portrait image of similar size showing one of the Indian troop ships, H.M.T. Plassy, signed in the negative “Stuart”

A group of identified Medical Officers in India, circa 1880, with three nurses. 07810

The group comprises 8 uniformed officers identified on the old card album sheet by surname only as Meritt, Ritchie, Hore, Forrest, Jervis, Kitkpatrick, Robinson, and self [who we think from other photographs acquired at the same time may be someone called Todd], three nurses and, inevitably, a dog.The photograph has a tear without loss at the lower edge and measures 10.75 x 8ins. The reverse has a view of a heavily fortified location and another building.

The Military Telegraph Depot Staff at Umballa, circa 1890. 07812

A very interesting group photograph, late nineteenth century showing a large group and including two penny farthing bicycles. Umballa [now Amballa] was a very important military station on the route to Simla where the narrow gauge railway begins to wind up from the main lines to the hot weather capital. The image measures 9.5 x 8ins and is loosely mounted on an old paper album sheet. There are some creases but it is in generally good condition. It is titled on the page in pencil and there is a date 1875 but we cannot verify the latter.

Sir Henry Bartle Frere, soldier, diplomat and adminstrator 07832

Rt Hon Sir Henry Edward Bartle Frere. Woodbury type Oval Photographic Portrait Mounted on Original Quarto Sized Card Leaf. Sampson Low [London] 1876, the photograph by Lock & Whitfield Original Woodbury type photographic oval portrait, 3.5 x 4.5 ins, mounted centrally on original thin card leaf with title, additional page of printed biographical detail. Extracted from "Men of Mark. A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits..." Published in 1876. Fine clean condition for the portrait, ideal for framing, tear without loss to text page. Bartle Frere was variously British Resident in Scinde, Governor of Bombay, leader of a special Mission to Zanzibar,etc, served in the Indian Mutiny for which he was awarded his knighthood. His later career in South Africa involved him in some conflict with government over his judgement during the Zulu War.

Sir Henry Garnet Wolseley, K.C.B., G.C.M.G. In dress uniform with medals and orders 07833

Sir Henry Garnet Wolseley, K.C.B., G.C.M.G.Oval Photographic Portrait Mounted on Original Card Leaf. Sampson Low [London]. Original Woodburytype photographic oval portrait mounted centrally on original quarto sized thin card leaf with title, additional page of printed biographical detail. Extracted from "Men of Mark. A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits..." Published in 1876. Fine clean condition the oval portrait measures 3.5 x 4.5 ins. Ideal for framing. Wolseley is shown in dress uniform wearing his orders and medals, the later worn in the early style pinned to his uniform with differing lengths of ribbon and the Turkish Crimea before the later medals such as Indian Mutiny and China War.

Lord Geoge Hamilton, Under Secretary of State for India. Oval Photographic Portrait, 1876 07834

Original Woodbury type photographic oval portrait mounted centrally on original quarto sized thin card leaf with title, additional page of printed biographical detail. Extracted from "Men of Mark. A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits..." Published in 1876 by Sampson Low, the photograph by Lock & Whitfield. Fine clean condition the oval portrait measures 3.5 x 4.5 ins. Ideal for framing. Lord George Hamilton [3rd sone of the Duke of Abercorn] served in the Rifle Brigade from 1864, transferring to the Coldstream Guards in 1868. In that year he entered Parliament and in 1874 became Under Secretary of State for India.

General Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, V.C. Oval Photographic Portrait, 1876 07835

Original Woodburytype photographic oval portrait mounted centrally on original quarto sized thin card leaf with title, additional page of printed biographical detail. Extracted from "Men of Mark. A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits..." Published in 1882 in the sixth series of portraits by Sampson Low, the photograph by Lock & Whitfield. Fine clean condition the oval portrait measures 3.5 x 4.5 ins. The general is shown in dress uniform wearing his Victoria Cross, CIE, and medals for the Indian Mutiny, the Looshai Campaign, and the Abyssinian War

Madras. The Governor riding with an Indian Prince in his carriage with bodyguard escort. 11081

A small sized, 145 x 105mm [5.75 x 4.5ins], but vdery clear photograph, early 20th century, showing the Governor in grey morning dress with black top hat seated in an open carriage with an Indian Prince, probably HH the Raja of Cochin. They are escorted by members of the Governor's Bodyguard riding alongside with drawn swords. Mounted on a piece of stout old album card.

Hyderabad. A cabinet card portrait of J G Cordery, Resident 11083

A very striking portrait of the sitter, taken by Jonathan Burke of Murree. Identified on the reverse in ink as J G Cordery, Resident, Hyderabad (Deccan). John Graham Cordery [1833 - 1900] went out to the Punjab in 1856 and rose to be Commissioner of Peshawar, becoming Resident to the Nizam in 1883, his final post before retiuring in 1888. He was appointed CSI in February 1887.

Royal Engineers. Late Victorian cabinet portrait of an officer wearing the D.S.O. and medals 07871

A somewhat faded but interesting cabinet portrait card with a bust length portrait of an officer in dress uniform of the Royal Engineers with medals. The photograph is on an original cabinet card of Elliott & Fry, a leading London society photographer. It probably dates to the late 1890s. Although we have not identified the sitter it should be possible to do so as there are relatively few awards of the DSO to Engineers in the 1890s. There are no clasps on the wearer's 2nd Afghan War or Egypt medals but there are either two or three on his IGS. An interesting challenge to discover his precise identity.

General Sir John Ewart, KCB as Colonel of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1891 11102

A cabinet portrait card by Maull & Fox, 187A Piccadilly, London, showing the general in full dress uniform with medals and decorations in a formal studio pose. John Alexander Ewart [1826-1904] had a long and remarkable military career. Having exhanged from the 35th Foot to the 98th Highlanders in 1848 he served throughout the Crimean War most memorably commanding the sixth company of the original Thin Red Line at Balaclava. In the Indian Mutiny he led the first storming party at the siege of Sikanderbagh and lost his left arm to a cannon ball at Cawnpore. The mounted portrait itself is in excellent condition although the printed face of the card is a little damaged. The reverse of the card has a contemporary inscription written in a shaking hand which could possibly be Ewart's own.

EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT, 59th Foot. Carte de visite, circa 1879 11098

A carte de visite by J B Clarke , Ingramgate, Thirsk, Yorkshire, showing a corporal wearing a Glengarry and the medal for the 2nd Afghan War without a clasp.

Tea Time in India, about 1890 11167

An appealing period photograph, probably taken in Simla, showing thee gentlemen about to served tea by a uniformed servant. They will have to wait until the black dog perched on the table vacates it. The photograph measures 11 x 9ins an is mounted on an old card album leaf. The reverse has a similar sized group portrait of a theatrical group titled "Burlesque Group : Merchant of Venice, Simla. Such amateur theatricals occupied much of the leisure time at hill stations such as Simla.

General Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, Commander in Chief India. 00000978

A very large full length printed photographic portrait of Lord Kitchener wearing undress uniform with frock coat, medal ribbons and the star of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. It dates from very shortly after the occasion when he was created Knight Grand Commander of that order on 25th June 1909. At his feet are two of his four spaniels which were named, with somewhat uncustomary self mocking humour, Bang, Sunny, Miss, & Damn in reference to Kitchener’s poor eyesight and resulting limitations as a shot. The photograph was taken by Bourne and Shepherd and this example is mounted on card with a contemporary and somewhat foxed window mount. The visible area of the picture is 17.5 x 12ins and over the mount the size is 17 x 22ins. The photograph was probably taken in Simla at the commander-in-chief’s residence there, Snowden, a building which Kitchener had spent a great deal of effort in redecorating and furnishing to his taste. Shortly after this date Kitchener left India and on his return to England he was made a Field Marshal and handed his baton of officer by the King Emperor, Edward VII. He was to die when HMS Hampshire sank on its journey to Russia in 1916. We have a signed example of the original photograph on our website.

Indian Cavalry Officer in full dress uniform, circa 1920 in kurta and lungi 00000990

A striking full length portrait of an unidentified Indian Army British officer wearing full dress uniform. The portrait measures 7.5 x 5.5 inches and is mounted on old photographer’s card. There is a hole crudely made in the top of the card and the photograph has a brownish hue, appearing to have been varnished in some way – presumably for protection in the Indian climate. The uniform is typical of most Indian cavalry regiments’ full dress and. although one can rule out a number of regiments because of the use of toggles rather buttons to fasten the kurta, it has not yet been possible to identify the precise regiment. He wears the 1903 Delhi Durbar medal and the War and Victory medals of the first world war and he holds a sword of the 1908 cavalry pattern.

Alwar Troops in a Guard of Honour awaiting the Viceroy's arrival, circa 1908 08160

The very clear photograph [11.25 x 8ins], in excelllent condition, shows infantry of the Maharaja of Alwar's state forces lined up on the railway station platfom awaiting the arrival of the Viceroy, Lord Minto, on a viceregal visit. Two British officers in white uniform stroll along the platform awaiting events and guests are beginning to assemble on the station roof. The photograph is pasted to an old album leaf and inscribed in ink beneath the image. The reverse has had a picture neatly removed. The Maharaja of Alwar at this time was Sir Jai Singh. KCSI

The Gwalior Lancers on parade, circa 1940 08604

A good vintage image by Dias Studios showing Gwalior Lancers wearing service dress with their colours drawn up on horseback behind officers with drawn swords. From an old large album [four marks on verso where it has been tipped in]. put together for the Maharaja by Dias Studios of Gwalior and Bombay The photograph measures 285 x 178mm [11 x 7ins approx].

Mr Stuart Hall’s album of cartes de visite, mainly by F W Baker of Calcutta 08031

A very unusual collection of cartes de visite by F W Baker providing a fairly comprehensive record of trades, occupations, and service in North India. All those listed bear the blue printed photographer’s details on the reverse By Appointment Photographed from life by Mr F W BAKER, CALCUTTA unless otherwise described. The cards and photographs are generally in very good condition but the album which has protected them for a century and a half has fared less well and is very dilapidated. We have left the cards in the album because each has a pencilled title beneath the aperture for it. A few photographs have lifted totally from the card backing through atmospheric change [this is noted individually]. The front free endpaper of the leather bound album,measuring 11.5 x 15cm, has the pencil name of the owner Stuart Hall, 8 Caw... Street, Calcutta. We are offering this album as a research challenge to which the key lies in identifying the Europeans. A more detailed description with more illustrations will be found in the Catalogue section.

Trophies of a hunting trip with indian shikaris, Kashmir, late 19th century 08109

A well-toned and very clear photograph of the trophies of a hunting trip with a group of four shikaris, 11 x 8.5ins [28 x 12cm] . There is some damage and loss to the corners and two vertical creases but this a very atmospheric image of the period. It was loose in an album of photographs that had belonged to General Sir Peter Lumsden but we cannot be sure whether the trophies were from a trip which he was on or not. He was, of course, active on the northern borders in the early 1880s when acting as Boundary Commisioner for determining the northern border of Afghanistan. The reverse of the photograph has the stamp of P Vishi Nath of Srinagar.

Loodianah Regiment of Sikh Irregulars - four British Officers, circa 1859-1860 11177

LOODIANAH REGIMENT of Sikh Irregular Troops. A LARGE ALBUMEN PRINT PORTRAIT OF FOUR IDENTIFIED OFFICERS, Circa 1859-60. An unusually large print for the time, 12 x 9.5ins, mounted on a contemporary paper album leaf [20 x 14ins] and identified in pencil beneath. There is some minor damage and creasing to the image but it is good and well toned for its age. Images from the Mutiny period are hard to come by and this is interesting because the sitters can all be identified. From left to right they are: Lieut Roger Wolley GLASSE, late 14th Bengal NI. He was appointed in 1853 and in 1859 was second in command of this Sikh Regiment. It went to China in 1861 but here he wears a poshteen coat typically worn on the Afghan borders and much favoured by officers with the irregular forces. Lieut Edward Pitches Wilson RIPLEY, late 51st Bengal NI. He was appointed in 1849 and was a lieutenant from 1853. Lieut Gordon CAVENAGH, late 39th Bengal NI. He was appointed in 1845, became brevet captain in 1860, captain 1862, major 1865, lieut colonel 1871. Hart’s Army List of that year notes: Lt Col Cavenagh served as Interpreter to the 54th Foot during the Indian Mutiny [Medal]. Served with the 16th Benhgal NI during the China War 1860/61, commanded a party on the west gagte durin the rebel attack on Shanghae. Served in the Bhootan Campaign [Medal and clasp]. Edward KITSON, late 64th Bengal NI. He was appointed in 1857 becoming a lieutenant in 1858. All these officers are listed as serving with the Loodianah Sikh Regiment towards the end of the Mutiny.

Cavalry Officer wearing Crimea medals. A good cdv by Nicholas Bros of Madras. 11128

An unidentified officer wearing Crimea Medals. A fiercely bearded fairly senior officer shown bust length on a carte de visite by Nicholas Bros & Coy, Madras & Outacamund. Probably taken after many regiments were moved to India after the Eastern Campaign in the Crimea. He wears a miniature Crimea Medal with two clasps and the Order of the Medjidie. Before the medal is what is probably a CB. An interesting subject for research. He does not look like a man to suffer fools gladly!

Lt Gen Sir George Stuart White, V.C., G.C.B. &c. Gordon Highlanders 11184

A printed cabinet portrait card, 108 x 168mm, showing White bust length wearing medals and C.B. published by J Stembridge of Farringdon Rd, London as part of a series "Souvenir of South Africa 1899 - 1900. White was born in 1835 and served in the Indian Mutiny and the 2nd Afghan War with the Gordon Highlanders, winning is Victoria Cross at the battle of Charasia. After further service in the Egypt Campaign, Burma and Zhob he became Commander in Chief India 1893-94. This photograph must have been originally taken [by Window & Grove] in the early 1880s.

Lieut Colonel Trevenen James Holland C.B., Bombay Staff Corps, late 13th Bombay NI. 11186

An unusually large photographic portrait showing the officer in dress uniform wearing orders and medals. 17 x 22.5 ins [43 x 57cm] signed lower left in red [difficult to read]. Holland was born to a military family in 1836 and educated at Cheltenham College and St John’s College Oxford. He joined the Bombay Army in 1852 and served in the Crimea. He was A.Q.M.G to Havelock in the Persian Campaign [3 times mentioned in despatches]; again in the Q.M.G. Department under Rose in the Central India campaign of the Mutiny; throughout the Abyssinian Campaign as Q.M.G. to Lord Napier [C.B. and mentioned in despatches]. The photograph, clear enough to read the naming on the Abyssinia medal, shows Holland wearing the campaign medals, Al Valore Militare, Turkish Crimea, C.B., Order of St John, Order of the Medjidie, and Legion d’Honneur. The photograph is in excellent condition, mounted on card and in a contemporary grey card window mount.

An ICS officer in dress uniform photographed by William Burke at Ootacamund 11187

A good photograph, printed [probably by photogravure process] directly to the photographer's card, signed in pencil lower right "Willie Burke, Ooty", the verso with photographer's stamp. The so far unidentified officer wears full dress uniform and two medals [an India General Service Medal with one clasp and the Delhi Durbar 1911 medal and the neck badge of a Commander oof the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India [C.S.I.]. The fact that the image is taken at Ootacamund suggests that he is most likely a member of the Governor's Staff or Council of Madras as Ooty was the hot weather hill station used by the Madras Government. A good illustration of ICS dress uniform at the time of the Durbar. The overall size of the card is 132 x 195mm and the image is 95 x 138mm.

A territorial lance corporal taken at Mhow, circa 1900. 11203

A bust length portrait of a lance corporal in tropical service dress, taken by Guerra & sons of Mhow, Central India. Although he clearly wears a three line Territorial shoulder title we have not been able to determine the unit. Some indentations to the background to the right of the head.

Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, BCS, Political Secretary to Gen Sir Frederick Roberts 11206

Sir (Henry) Mortimer Durand (1850-1924). A good carte de visite portrait by Bourne and Shepherd, circa 1880 or a little earlier. After studying as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, Mortimer Durand [son of Maj Gen Sir Henry Marion Durand, KCSI] joined the Bengal Civil Service in 1873, served as political secretary to Sir Frederick Roberts in the Afghan Campaign, became CSI in 1881 and was Foreign Secretary in India 1884-94 during which time he conducted a mission to the Amir Afghanistan. KCIE 1889, KCSI 1894, GCMG 1900, He published a life of his father. Provenance: From an archive put together by Gen Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, GCB, CSI.

Richard Maitland Brereton, Indian Railway Engineer, GIPR. A signed carte de visite 11205

Richard Maitland Brereton (1838-1911). A signed carte de visite portrait showing the railway engineer half length, seated. The cdv is on the card of Ritter, Molkenteller & Co of Bombay and Poona and is signed and dated beneath the portrait R M Brereton, 10/8/70. Brereton began working in 1857 on the Bombay to Calcutta line of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway which was completed in 1870. Provenance: An album which had belonged to Peter Stark Lumsden who would probably have come into contact with Brereton when Lumsden was Quarter Master General in India from 1868-73 as railways played a very important part in military planning in the post Mutiny era.

Frederick Roberts V.C, (later Lord Roberts of Kandahar ) and his wife 11207

A good pair of cabinet portrait cards by J Craddock, India probably dating from the late 1860s. The portrait of Frederick Roberts, V.C. shows him seated wearing patrol jacket with medals ending with the IGS for the Umbeyla Campaign of 1863, his tropical service helmet with spike on the table beside him. The photograph itself is in fine condition, the card has been trimmed to fit a frame and the trimming line runs through the photographer’s credit. The portrait of Mrs Roberts shows her seated at a table and has the full photographer’s credit to the verso. The medals Roberts is wearing suggest that this was taken when he was in India shortly before the Abyssinian War of 1867-8, perhaps at the time he was appointed AQMG. Provenance: An album belonging to a member of the family of Major Michael Henry Saward, Bengal Artillery [Roberts’s original regiment]. R1.

Lady Roberts, wife of Lord Roberts of Kandahar 11209

A carte de visite portrait of Nora Henrietta Roberts [daughter of Capt John Bews 73rd Regt] by J Craddock, India, late 1860s. A three quarter length portrait looking to left in profile. This portrait of Mrs Roberts is in fine condition with the photographer’s credit to the verso in gilt. Provenance: as above. R.2

Freddie Roberts, son of Lord Roberts of Kandahar, as a boy. Posthumous VC winner 11210

A carte de visite card by Bourne & Shepherd with a full length portrait of a very young Frederick Hugh Sherston Roberts, son of Sir Frederick Roberts, wearing chorister’s dress, probably circa 1876 [he was born Jan 1872]. The photograph is in fine condition but there is some discolouration to the verso. Provenance; as above. Roberts went into the army, serving in Waziristan and at Chitral, but was killed in action during the Boer War and awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He and his father were the first father and son both winning the supreme gallantry award. R3

Lord Roberts of Kandahar in general's uniform 11211

A good cabinet portrait of Lord Roberts in general’s uniform, a bust length image by Elliott & Fry, Baker Street, London. The general wears the star of his GCB and medals including those for the 2nd Afghan War: it was probably taken in the early 1890s when he was commander-in-chief Ireland. Although the title beneath the portrait identifies him as Field Marshal Lord Roberts the uniform is that of a general. It was presumably issued soon after his promotion to FM in 1895.Fine condition. R4

Gen Sir Fred Roberts, V.C. in service dress uniform 11212

A cabinet portrait of General Roberts by Maull & Fox, Piccadilly, London showing him three quarter length wearing service dress uniform with sword beneath his arms and a tropical dress helmet on the table beside him. The photograph, probably dating from about 1880 is quite faded but still distinct and has a signature cut from a letter tipped to the lower left corner. The verso is somewhat discoloured and has some card adhering from when it must have been mounted in an album. Not a perfect specimen but very atmospheric and interesting because of the signature - as always Fred Roberts. R5

39th Garhwal Rifles. Three photographs of rooms in the officers' mess, circa 1910 11105

Three photographs on an old card album leaf. On one side are two images of the officers' mess dining room showing the table laid for dinner with mess silver in down the centre. The different views show the walls heavily laded with displays of hunting trophies - mainly Himalayan sheep and antelope of various kinds. On the verso is an image of the hall with comfortable leather sofas beneath walls displaying tiger skins and further heads. These somewhat unusual images for the time [about 1910] show the degree of style in which indian army officers lived in Edwardian times. Each image is in excellent condition with strong toning and measures 6 x 8 ins.

Shikaris with hunting trophies in northern India, circa 1880 08109

A well-toned and very clear photograph of the trophies of a hunting trip with a group of four shikaris. There is some damage and loss to the corners and two vertical creases but this a very atmospheric image of the period. It was loose in an album of photographs that had belonged to General Sir Peter Lumsden but we cannot be sure whether the trophies were from a trip which he was on or not. He was, of course, active on the northern borders in the early 1880s when acting as Boundary Commisioner for determining the northern border of Afghanistan. The reverse of the photograph has the stamp of P Vishi Nath of Srinagar. The image measures 8.5 x 11ins.

Tiger. A study of a recently shot tiger, late Victorian vintage photograph 08200

The Kill. A study of a recently shot tiger in the Indian jungle. A vintage photograph of about 1890, 7.5 x 5.5ins [19 x 14cm] mounted on a piece of strong old grey card album leaf.

Tiger hunting. Shikaris, beaters, etc with a recently shot tiger. 00001023

a very attractive group photograph showing a group of Indian shikaris, beaters, and bearers grouped around a tiger which has just been shot, probably by the photographer, whose elephant waits patiently behind the group. Many of the shikaris hold rifles. Probably north India and circa 1890. 8 x 6ins [20 x 15cm] mounted on part of an old stiff card album leaf trimmed to the edge of the photograph. Therre are two very small tears to the lower edge without loss but the photograph remains in sound condition with good toning

A large trophy horned headwith Indian shikaris. Circa 1890s 08429

The Trophy. A group of three Indian shikaris or bearers with a very large pair of horns leaning against a tree, 198 x 148 mm.. An interestingly large head and horns with three scantily clad native bearers or shikaris. The photograph is pasted to a piece of thick old grey album leaf with a margin of no more than 5mm on one side and a little more on the others, It is a little faded but a good image.

Royal Engineers in India. A vintage group portrait of officers and non commissioned officers. 08592

A group photograph of officers and ncos [8.5 x 6.5ins] presented on a decorative photographer’s card [12 x 10ins] . The officers’ badges suggest the period of George V; the lieutenant seated left has the roman numerals IX on his shoulder strap. The various sitters exhibit quite an interestingly varied range of uniform details. No photographer can be identified.

Sir Alexander Badcock, Quarter Master General, India 00000933

A carte de visite half length portrait in civilian dress by R Dighton of Cheltenham, clean condition. With a contemporary handwritten label from an old photograph album. Badcock [born 1844] joined the Indian Army 1st October 1861 in the Commissariat Dept, serving in the Bhutan Campaign [1864-5], Hazara [1868], Perak [1875-76], Afghanistan 1878-80] where he was in actions at Peiwar Kotal and Kabul. He was Chief Commissariat Officer to Sir Fred Roberts on his Kabul to Kandahar march and at the battle of Kandahar [made C.B.], Q.M.G. India 1900, C.S.I., K.C.B. 1902. Member of the Council of India 1901.

14th Bengal Lancers, Murray’s Jat Lancers. 08360

14th Bengal Lancers, Murray’s Jat Lancers. A vintage photograph, 10.5 x 8.5ins [26 x 21cm] showing the lancers horsed, wearing service dress, the British officers mainly with swords drawn and shouldered. This image dates from the late nineteenth century. Its provenance is from a family descendant of Lt Col Peter Bairnsfather who was commandant of the regiment at the end of the nineteenth century [he is probably the bearded officer in the centre next to the black dog. Small area of damage top left. The photograph is mounted on old stout white card. £75

Identified Royal Artillery Officers photographed at Lucknow in 1863 00000994

Royal Artillery, Lucknow. A large group portrait of officers of the Artillery identified on a contemporary sheet of paper as being taken at Lucknow in January 1863, The paper identifies most of the officers. The most senior officer in the group in whose hand the note is written is the bearded officer left of centre holding his cap [unlike those of his more junior colleagues it is peaked] is Colonel Charles J Buchanan Riddell, CB. One of the subsidiary illustrations shows him in close up. He had been commissioned in to the RA in 1834 and was to be advance to Major General in 1866. Hart’s Army List notes that he “commanded the Siege Artilleryery of Outram’s force on the left bank of the Goomtee at the siege and captur of Lucknow in March 1858, also commanded the Artillery of Lugard’s Column at the affair at Tigree, relief of Azimghur, operations in the Jungle and capture of Judgdespore. (three times mentioned in despatches, C.B., medal with clasp).” The albumen print photograph measures 10.5 x 8 inches and has very good rich tones and is in excellent clean condition. It is tipped by the corners only to a large thick paper album sheet 14 x 18ins. It is accompanied by a similar sheet which has three panoramic styled images of artillery trains, two showing the guns pulled by elephants. The largest of the three measures 8 x 4ins and the top image is somewhat blurred. Photographers could not always get animals to stand still. These images came to us from descendants of General Riddell and they have been removed from an album which had no other images of military interest. The accompanying paper identifies 14 other officers. Photographs taken in India as early as this are now hard to find in anything like good condition.

BOURDILLON – FULTON ALBUM. A genalogical gem for the family history researcher 00001141

BOURDILLON – FULTON ALBUM. A full account of the album will appear in the catalogue section A leather bound album, circa 1880s, containing approximately 125 window mounted cartes de visite and 10 cabinet cards together with a few loose photographs. Almost all the photographs have contemporary detachable paper labels with the identity of the sitter and in many cases a date. This is an unusually well documented album of these two families, each of which had strong Indian connections, and could form the basis for a good deal more research. Although many of the men in the album served in the military and civil forces of the East India Company and the later ICS and Presidential Armies only one image shows one of them in uniform. The album is in a plain, rather masculine style with a working metal clasp. The spine is weak and splitting at the joints and hinges. It appears to be almost complete as put together. We cannot be sure who did this but a note on the back of a cabinet card suggests it may have been a daughter of James Dewar Bourdillon HEICS where it is inscribed with the address of Miss Bourdillon – Normanholt, Dorking. Almost all the images and are in excellent, clean condition. Recent hand written family trees of the two main families will be included with the album.

14th Bengal Lancers, Murray’s Jat Lancers, officers and sowars horsed. 08361

14th Bengal Lancers, Murray’s Jat Lancers. A vintage photograph, 11 x 8.5ins [28 x 21cm] showing the lancers, including both Briutish and Indian officers, horsed, wearing service dress This image dates from the late nineteenth century. Its provenance is from a family descendant of Lt Col Peter Bairnsfather who was commandant of the regiment at the end of the nineteenth century [he is probably the bearded officer in the centre. Small area of damage top left. The photograph is mounted on old stout white card.

Indian gentleman hunter with a large trophy tiger, North India, circa 1890s. 08430

An attractive small photograph showing an Indian gentleman seated behind his recent kill, a very large tiger with its head propped on a rock. The hunter holds a double barrelled rifle and looks very pleased with his achievement. The photograph is unmounted but some remains of album card on the verso give the print strength.

2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles) 00001032

A good photographic portrait of a Subadar Major, full length wearing tropical service dress with shorts, carrying a pistol. The photograph measures 5 x 3 ins [132 x 78m] and is in good condition, signed in the negative “Tundan 145”. It is pasted to a sheet of white paper and two other photographs on the reverse show groups of British and Gurkha officers of the same regiment, signed in the negative “K L Arora”, one numbered 205. The images probably are identified on the paper in typescript as North West Frontier 1941.

Government House Madras. A ceremonial arrival , circa 1904. 00001066

A large professional photograph showing an important arrival by open carriage at Government House in Madras, early 20th century [from its source probably 1904]. The principal gentleman arriving is probably the Lieutenant Governor and he wears morning dress with the badge of a GCSI. Drawn up on the right of the image is the Governor’s Bodyguard and the two British officers saluting facing the coach are presumably the commandant and adjutant of that unit. Some dozen or so political officers are greeting the arrivals. The two officers in white tropical dress are clearly aides de camp or equerries by their aiguillettes. A very good example of the ceremonial of the time and useful image showing the various uniforms of the Bodyguard. The mounted sowar behind the British officers is the bugler. The photograph, which has ever been mounted measures 11½ x 9½ ins and has no photographer’s credit marks. Lord Ampthill was awarded a GCSI in September 1904 and did briefly serve as Acting Governor General in 1904 during Lord Curzon’s absence and this could have been taken on his return to Madras.

Ethics. An album of photographs of the 1934 racing season at Calcutta 08476

An Album of photographs from the December 1934 Calcutta Racing Season featuring Mr A C Ardeshir’s winning Australian horse “Ethics”. The album contains 23 professional photographs, each approximately 11 x 9 ins, the facing side of black card leaves only by gold coloured corner mounts [so that each picture is removable without damage if required]. The album belonged to the family of Mr A C Ardeshir, a wealthy Bombay Parsee and keen racehorse owner. The photographs include: Ethics winning the King Emperor’s Cup, the Viceroy’s Cup, and the Hilliard Cup; presentations by the Viceroy; Lord Willingdon arriving at the Course; the Governor of Bengal in his carriage; Mr Ardeshir with Ethics; the races, etc. There are a further three loose photographs showing Mr Ardeshir with Ethics and holding a gold cup. There is still a Gold Cup race at Mumbai which bears Mr Ardeshir’s name as he was president of the Western India Turf Club. The album, 17 x 12 ins overall and with additional blank leaves, is bound in gold coloured cloth with a blue silk stripe, the colours of Mr Ardeshir’s racing silks

Sepoy Khudadad Khan, V.C. First Indian to be awarded a Victoria Cross in World ar One 00001069

A post card sized full length portrait of the first Indian to be awarded a Victoria Cross during the First World War. The photograph measures 5½ x 3½ ins and the back is plain but with a contemporary ink identification and some later pencil notes. The Sepoy, a Pathan, was serving with the 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis when he won his VC during the first Battle of Ypres on 31st October 1914 at Hollebeke in Belgium. The award is well recorded in the standard works on the VC. The portrait shows the hero wearing his Victoria Cross and standing on the deck of a troopship – presumably on his way back to India from Europe. There are several images of the soldier on internet websites but we have not noticed this particular one.