Colonel James Skinner holding a Regimental Durbar, 1827

Ghulam Ali Khan

Colonel James Skinner holding a Regimental Durbar, 1827
2 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

Colonel James Skinner holding a Regimental Durbar, 1827.

Watercolour with gouache, signed and dated lower left in Persian script by Ghulam Ali Khan, 1827.

James Skinner, seated centre left, may be seen presiding over a durbar of his regiment, an occasion when any soldier was at liberty to raise with his commanding officer anything that concerned him. The holding of a durbar, when Skinner mixed freely with his soldiers and men, was a conscious re-creation of Afghan and Mughal military and ceremonial traditions, which gave his soldiers a corporate sense of their 'upward mobility' in the East India Company's service.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
752
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1956-02-27-3

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