The Rajah of Cutch with his Vassals
Artist: Grindlay, Robert Melville (1786-1877)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 5 from Robert Melville Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India'. Grindlay (1786-1877) was only 17 when he arrived in India in 1803. He served with the Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 to 1820 and during this period made a large collection of sketches and drawings.
Grindlay makes a comparison of these "picturesque" warriors with those of the Scottish clans "so vividly depicted by Sir Walter Scott". The print shows some of the weaponry of the time, including spears, swords and shields, and chainmail armour.