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H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in the Nepal Terai

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in the Nepal Terai

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REGISTERED ANTIQUITY - NON-EXPORTABLE ITEM (Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale at the back of the catalogue)


Pencil and watercolour on paper

1876

10 ½ x 16 ⅞ in. (26.7 x 42.8 cm.)

Signed 'W. Simpson' lower middle, inscribed and dated 'H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in the Nepaul Terai...26 Feb. 1876.' lower left


William Simpson painted this dynamic watercolour during his trip to India in 1876, the same year that the Prince of Wales visited India. ‘In February 1876 A.D. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VII), son of Queen Victoria came to hunt in Banbassa in west Nepal hosted by Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana and bagged 23 tigers in a 2 week shooting spree. He had presided over the Delhi Durbar in celebration of his mother Queen Victoria having been proclaimed the Empress of India on 1st January 1876 A.D. It is written that he was so bored with the formalities of state that coming to shoot in the Terai was the highlight of his India sojourn. Jung Bahadur considered himself fortunate to be able to return the regal hospitality showered on him by the British royal family 25 years earlier.’ (Subodh Rana, ‘Remembering the Royal Hunts’, History Lessons Nepal, March 27, 2009, http://historylessonsnepal.blogspot.in)


With his characteristic strong, expressive lines, Simpson has managed to capture the excitement of the hunt, depicting the exact moment when a tiger attacks the elephant that the Prince is sitting on, who in turn reaches for his gun to shoot the tiger and protect himself.


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About The Artist:

WILLIAM SIMPSON (1823 - 1899)

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