London, Published April 1819, by John Murray, Albermarle Street.
Hand coloured aquatint, 265 x 210mm. 10½ x 8¼".
A Gurkha soldier with musket and the famed kukri, a short curved sword, tucked into his belt. From 'Journal of a Route across India, through Egypt to England, in the latter end of the year 1817, and the beginning of 1818' by George Augustus Frederick Fitzclarence, first Earl of Munster (1794 - 1842). He was a military commander in India and President of the Royal Asiatic Society of London. When peace was arranged with the Maharajah Scindiah the event was considered of sufficient importance to send the despatches in duplicate, and Fitzclarence was entrusted with the duplicates sent by overland route. He started from the western frontier of Bundelkund, the furthest point reached by the grand army, 7 Dec. 1817, and travelling through districts infested by the Pindarrees, witnessed the defeat of the latter by General Doveton at Jubbulpore, reached Bombay, and quitted it in the H.E.I.C. cruiser Mercury for Kosseir 7 Feb. 1818, crossed the desert, explored the pyramids with Salt and Belzoni, descended the Nile, and reached London, via Alexandria and Malta, 16 June 1818.
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