A Ghoorka Sepoy by Unknown Artist

This work depicts a Gurkha at the time of the Nepal Wars, 1814-1816, and is part of a large series (mostly Indian, not Gurkha) commissioned by William Fraser, an employee of the East India Company at the request of his elder brother.


Gouache on paper
19 x 14.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £16,000)
Acquired in:
Charles Greig

This one is painted by an unknown artist at Saharanpur or Delhi. William Fraser employed the recently recruited Gurkhas as a body guard and escort and he played a key role in creating the first Gurkha regiments.


Commissioned by William Fraser; sent to Fraser House near Inverness as part of an album; discovered by Malcolm Fraser in the 1970s; Sotheby's, New York; Charles Greig.

Venue details

Gurkha Museum Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester Hampshire SO23 8TS 01962 842832 thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £2)