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.
A Ghoorka Sepoy by Unknown Artist, c. 1815
© Gurkha Museum
- 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.