This work depicts the homecoming of troops from the Indian 'Mutiny' of 1857-9.

It depicts ordinary Londoners (no officers are included) and the impact of conflict on their lives. The Indian 'Mutiny' was a major event in the mid-Victorian period and this painting was created for a London or British audience who were shocked by the event, especially the massacre of women and children.

Provenance

J Kemp Welch, 1868; Sir JC Holder, 1901' Leicester Galleries, London, 1953; Appleby Brothers Ltd, London' Major William Spowers; Christie's, 1989; private collector; Christie's, 2001; Private collection.


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