'Dhana Colonel Skinner's Farm', 1828

Ghulam Ali Khan

'Dhana Colonel Skinner's Farm', 1828
2 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

'Dhana Colonel Skinner's Farm', 1828.

Watercolour on Oriental paper, by Ghulam Ali Khan, Delhi, 1828.

Colonel James Skinner CB riding in an open carriage, 1828.

The Anglo-Indian soldier James Skinner (1778-1841) was the son of a Scottish officer in the East India Company's service and a Rajput lady. Formerly an officer in the Maratha Army, Skinner raised two cavalry units for the British, later known as 1st and 2nd Skinner's Horse. Nicknamed 'The Yellow Boys' for their flamboyant saffron-coloured uniforms, they were famous for their horsemanship and skill at arms. Skinner was well rewarded, enabling him to acquire a town house in Delhi and a large estate at Hansi, Haryana, shown here. He maintained a close interest in Indian culture and was an important patron of the arts, commissioning a number of paintings recording his life and exploits.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
1029
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1956-02-27-1

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