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JOHN SEYMOUR LUCAS (1849-1923) two fine drawings Punjab India soldiers

JOHN SEYMOUR LUCAS (1849-1923) two fine drawings Punjab India soldiers

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A **PAIR** of fine watercolor and gouache drawings, both of Punjab (northern India) soldiers in costume of their period, both signed "John Lucas" by the noted English artist JOHN SEYMOUR LUCAS (1849-1923). One is titled "5th Cavalry Punjab 1897", the other "37th Punjab Infantry 1905". Both measure 10" by 7" inside their present maroon mats (unframed). Detail of the soldiers' costuming is meticulous and impressive. The artist is known today as a Victorian England historical painter and theatrical costume designer. An excellent Wikipedia article describes him as little known today, but renowned in his day, when the seemingly limitless expansion of England's colonial empire made his output very popular with audiences of the period. He was a friend of the famous American artist John Singer Sargent, who painted a portrait of Lucas. Lucas painted up until the final years of World War I, so these works likely were created between 1905 and 1917 or so.