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Assemblage of hill men

Assemblage of hill men

Artist: Fraser, James Baillie

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: X502(12)

Item number: Plate 12

Length: 60.5

Width: 43

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This coloured aquatint was made by Robert Havell and Son from plate 12 in JB Fraser's 'Views in the Himala Mountains'. James and his brother William met with many hill tribes in villages along the way as they travelled the Himalayan region. James sketched many of these groups and was fascinated by the diversity of their facial features and dress. The detachment accompanying the Fraser brothers became known as 'Fraser's Irregulars'. It was made up of 600 men from the hill states, mostly Kumaon tribesmen, together with Mewatis, Gujars and Sikhs, plus about 100 Pathans. Officers of the Gurkha Army were of the Chetri, or warrior caste, and regular soldiers were made up of Nepalese hill-tribes, particularly the Magars and Gurungs, whom the British mistakenly thought of as 'real Gurkhas'.

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