Sepoy of Madras Native Infantry and his wife, 1810 (c)

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Sepoy of Madras Native Infantry and his wife, 1810 (c)
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Sepoy of Madras Native Infantry and his wife, 1810 (c).

Watercolour on Oriental paper, by a Company artist, Tanjore, 1810 (c).

The caste marks on this sepoy's face show that he is a Hindu. In 1806 the Madras Army offended both Hindu and Muslim soldiers when it banned the wearing of caste marks and required Muslim soldiers to shave their beards. The resulting mutiny at Vellore demonstrated that the Company needed to respect the customs of its men. The new regulations were abolished.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
30173
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1962-10-16-1

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