[Boat on the Ganges.]
Etching, extremely scarce. 109 x 120mm.
A view along the Ganges, the river that linked Delhi with Lucknow during the India Mutiny 1857-1859. Colonel Francis Augustus Fane (1824-1893) was a Colonel who fought in the Indian Mutiny. He was commander of the Peshawar Light Horse. He gained the rank of Colonel in the service of the 25th Regiment. His life was full of excitement starting first as a soldier, then a banker before settling down as a country gentleman. He started life as a soldier in Antigua where he did some extensive sightseeing before returning to England for his second assignment which took him to Quebec, leading to further sightseeing with his uncle Major -General Mildmay Fane, around Niagara, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston. In 1854 he returned to England to immediately join his uncle in India. It was until 1860 when he next moved to join the 25th regiment in Gibraltar. Following the death of his father in 1862 and the later death of his brother-in-law Anthony Willson, the Sleaford banker in 1866, he returned in November to end his army career, and embarked on a career in banking and finance. During his time as a soldier he managed to find a lot of free time to indulge in numerous pastimes. This enabled him to become adept at music, and at drawing, painting and engraving. Whilst in the West Indies he had a large organ, which he took with him and exchanged in Calcutta in 1857 for a large harmonium, which was lost during the Mutiny. This ability enabled him to play in church in Quebec and in 1860 he received a new piano from Berlin in Gibraltar. It wasn’t until 1851 that he began etching, at which point he was in London based at a printers to learn that art of printing and engraving. He then bought his own printing press, which he took to India. After leaving finance he soon became involved in local affairs in Fulbeck and in farming. He became a Justice of the Peace in 1875; and was very active in the affairs of the Conservative Association and of the Agricultural Society. His diaries came to abrupt end in 1884, nine years before his death, so little can be said about his remaining years.
[Ref: 16161] £140.00