Detachment of Bhopal Battalion at Indore

Detachment of Bhopal Battalion at Indore


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Raja Deen Dayal

(Indian, 1844–1905)

Albumen print

Image: 19.1 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.); Paper: 19.1 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.266.32



In state and military portraits, people seated in chairs and in the middle are generally of the highest rank. Amid these Indian soldiers sits a lone British officer. The Bhopal Battalion had seen combat just six years earlier during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, helping to keep Afghanistan a British-friendly buffer against Russia’s desire to expand into India. This detachment includes a number of Sikhs, identifiable by their neatly trimmed beards and turbans that cover their ears. Members of that religious group were avidly recruited by the British Indian Army due to their reputed ferocity and courage in battle.

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