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Chitral Watercolour, by Serving Officer, 1895

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

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Hawkes, Asian Art
Watchet, Somerset
United Kingdom
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Chitral Watercolour, by Serving Officer, 1895
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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