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HUNSLEY, William.

Costumes of the Madras Army.

Stock Code
102143
[Madras/Chennai], St. Thomas's Mount, 1841
£15,000

Very rare suite of Indian colour plates. With no record of a copy at auction and institutional copies with the two series of 'Officers of the Madras Army' and 'Natives of the Madras Army' bound separately; here they are interleaved, both title-pages appear at the beginning, and some plates in the 'Natives of the Madras Army' series are alternatively headed 'Costumes of the Madras Army'. An early owner, presumably John Wylie, has provided pencil notes on a few plates, identifying locations in the backgrounds such as 'General Showers' House', 'Col. Dalrymple's Cenotaph', and the practice battery at the Mount.

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Description

Folio (39.4 x 31 cm), lithographed throughout comprising two title-pages with hand-coloured vignettes depicting Anglo officers and native Indians respectively, 34 hand-coloured lithographed plates printed by William Porter after drawings by William Hunsley and colored by Hunsley (only, of 38; about five plates slightly shorter and toned, these dated 1840 and with a few repaired tears; scattered minor spots/stains). Contemporary red half morocco, upper cover lettered in gilt, edges gilt (neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, plates on modern stubs).

Bibliography

Index to British Military Costume Prints, page 148.

Stock ID:102143

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