Chinese and Japanese Asian Art by David Hawkes

Chitral Watercolour, by Serving Officer, 1895


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1900: Item # 1176012

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RECONNAISSANCE PARTY, THE RELIEF OF CHITRAL, 1895.

The former owner of this fine watercolour painting assured me that although it is unsigned it was by a British military officer, Alan David Greenhill-Gardyne. He was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1888 and was with the Regiment at the Relief of Chitral in 1895. He took part in other North-West Frontier operations and later in the Boer War, he was wounded in the Great War. A talented artist, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1906.

The painting came to me with remnants of an old mount obscuring the back and upon removing the unsightly remains I discovered an ink inscription assumed to be by the artist. Some words are difficult to read.

”Assmar, with Garrison of Afghan Troops. Fort etc. in the Valley of the ? or Chitral ?, from the summit ridge of Baran...? Jandol ( Mas...? ) valleys ~ Tripamari Sur, 9100 ft. Guides Sepoys ~ Reconnaissance from Shal..? “

The London Gazette, July 16, 1895 (available on the internet) has an extensive first hand account of the Relief of Chitral. The Greenhill-Gardyne Papers are in the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge.

Approximately 38.5 cm x 28 cm. The painting is on thick hand-made paper and is in good, unfaded condition. There is a tiny 1 cm tear on the top edge.

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