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Fane, General Walter (1828-1885). Sikh soldiers. Studies for sketches presented to Queen Victoria



Pencil and watercolour drawing on card of Sikh soldiers by General Walter Fane. Studies for sketches presented to Queen Victoria in 1883.

Pencil and watercolour drawing on card of Sikh soldiers by General Walter Fane (1828-1885) 300 x 450 mm. (11.8 x 17.7ins).

Inscribed lower left margin in pencil ' Subedar Gourvindar Singh … Bengal Regt'.Inscribed in pencil verso 'Studies for sketches done for the Queen 1883 by W.F.' Inscriptions on old paper backing to frame 'Biluchi Regt', Sikh Regt'.

General Walter Fane of Fulbeck Hall, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire raised Fane's Horse (19th Lancers) in 1860 during the Second Opium War. In 1874 Fane's Horse became 19th Regiment of Bengal Lancers.

Earlier in Walter Fane's career, he served in the Punjab Irregular Cavalry (1849-1857), and took part in several engagements against the hill tribes on the North-West Frontier. He was a talented artist - a number of important works by him are in the Royal Collection at Windsor.

Provenance: The Fane family, Fulbeck Hall, Fulbeck, Lincs. Fulbeck Hall was the seat of the Fane family from 1632.

The Fane family had a long and distinguished history of military service in India. Walter Fane’s uncle was General Sir Henry Fane (1778-1840), commander-in-chief of the British Indian army. Sir Henry and his daughter were guests of Ranjit Singh, the ‘Lion of the Punjab’ for the wedding of Kanvar Nau Nihal Singh, the Maharaja’s grandson. Isabella, Sir Henry’s daughter, was given a sumptuous gold bracelet set with rubies. This visit to Ranjit Singh was an event of considerable interest to both the British and the Sikhs. Amusingly, Sir Henry described the Koh-i-Noor as a badly cut diamond plainly set in gold!

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