An Officer with his Horse

CIRCLE OF ROBERT HOME (worked from c.1780)

Dimensions

Height - 58.00inch (147.32cm)
Width - 45.50inch (115.57cm)
Framed Height - 62.50inch (158.75cm)
Framed Width - 50.00inch (127.00cm)

Description

An Officer with his Horse
CIRCLE OF ROBERT HOME

Period

1780

Literature

X6560
AN OFFICER OF THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S
BODYGUARD OF MADRAS

CIRCLE OF ROBERT HOME
Circa 1780
Oil on canvas 58 x 45 ½ inches Framed size 62 ½ x 50 inches

Robert Home (1752-1834) was born in England.
He was a very successful portrait painter in India and had practices in Madras, Calcutta and Lucknow.


The Governor's Body Guard of Madras Presidency, also known as Governor's Bodyguard Madras, was a former military regiment of the British Indian Army. Founded in the year 1778, it was dissolved in 1947. The British Indian army raised 3 bodyguard units for the three major Presidencies in British India, namely Madras Presidency, Bengal Presidency and Bombay Presidency. The body guard regiments were designated as Governor's Body Guard. The Governor's Body Guard of Madras Presidency was a part of the Madras Army, before the Great Revolt of 1857. The army forces of Madras Presidency were amongst the 3 largest Presidency Armies in British India. The Army of the Madras (now Chennai) was raised with the aim of defending the commercial involvements of the East India Company. These units were under the administrative rule of the British East India Company until climax of the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857.

The authority of the British Presidency Armies was later transferred after the Government of India Act 1858 was authorized. The control was reassigned to the British Empire in India from the British East India Company. The Presidency Armies, namely the Bombay Army, the Bengal Army and the Madras Army, were eventually merged to form the united British Indian Army in 1903.
   
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