Indian Mutiny. 7th Lancers in action on the Raptee [Rapti] River, December1858


Two large photographic prints after contemporary drawings by Lt General H Hope Crealock. The slightly larger print [25 x 10¾ins, 62.5 x 27.5 cm] shows the actions of the 3rd and 4th squadrons of the 7th Hussars on 29th Dec 1858 when they charged into the River Raptee to catch and kill the rebels they had been pursuing. On the left of the picture is Lieut Stewart firing his pistol at a sowar with sword aloft. Behind them is Captain Sisted about to be pushed under the water by his rearing horse. Lieut-Colonel Sir William Russell is in the lower right-hand corner with his hand raised. The second print [ 24½ x 9¾ins, 62 x 24.5cm] is titled on the mount The Pursuit of the Rebels by the 7th Hussars – probably leading to the event in the previous print. The view is taken from the raised area where the staff are watching the progress of the squadrons on the plain below. Later in the campaign the regiment pushed the rebels into Nepal, where the Raptee rises. A heroic rescue took place of hussars stranded on a small island in the river and a Victoria Cross was won. A very atmospheric pair of prints.  33  SOLD 25th March 2020

The two prints are mounted on card approx. 29 x 15½ins. We have removed them from two dilapidated frames and there are damp stains down one end of each print. The first print has a small marginal tear without loss to the mount. An old label has been retained from the old backing paper which is either an inventory label from Stokesay Court, Shropshire or a Sotheby’s label from the occasion when they were sold at the sale there from 29th Sept to 1st Oct 1994. At that sale the Mutiny medal, sword, and items of uniform belonging to Lt Gen Sir William Russell, 2nd Bt . One of our illustrations shows his portrait from the catalogue.