[The Drums of the Fore and Aft.]
London Published in 1895 by Arthur Lucas the Proprietor, 31 New Bond S.W.
Photogravure on chine collé, signed in pencil by the artist. 470 x 650mm (18½ x 26¼"). Printsellers' Association blindstamp. Slight creasing at top and stains.
A scene from Rudyard Kipling's poem 'The Drums of the Fore and Aft'. Jakin and Lew, a pair of delinquent drummer boys serving with an inexperienced regiment in Afghanistan: during a battle the regiment gets overwhelmed by Ghazis and break. However Jakin and Lew, not quite sober, remain and attempt to rally the troops by playing 'British Grenadiers' on drum and flute; shamed and encouraged by their bravery, the regiment returns to win the battle but not before the two boys are slain. Part of Kipling's verse is inscribed bottom right. The original oil, nearly two metres wide, is in the Leeds Art Gallery.
[Ref: 36854] £520.00