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Captain William Andrew Ludlow
(1803 - 1853)

Bengal Troops on the line of March, A Panoramic Sketch by an Officer of that Army



Captain William Andrew Ludlow, Bengal Troops on the line of March, A Panoramic Sketch by an Officer of that Army, London: Day and Haghe, [1835]

A hand-coloured lithograph strip panorama measuring 11.2 x 234.5 cm, consisting of 5 (of 18) sheets conjoined, concertina-folded and housed in a custom-made solander box measuring 59 x 16 x 2.5 cm; the first plate is the descriptive text about the scene.

In the descriptive text accompanying the panorama, Ludlow describes putting together the sketches for publication on the long sea voyage home: "This hasty sketch, put together on board Ship, was originally undertaken as much for the purpose of breaking the monotony of a long sea voyage, as to give to a numerous acquaintance at home a better idea of Troops moving in the East, than the Designer could convey in conversation. Their favourable notice has induced him to publish it, in its original rough state-a 'Sketch' and nothing more. In the Upper Provinces of the Residency of Fort William where the greatest portion of his fourteen years service has been passed, the scenes and figures he has here attempted to depict have from time to time been put on Paper."

A near-complete rare panorama depicting the trials and hazards of moving the Bengal Army through the subcontinent. Throughout the panorama, British troops are interspersed with Indian soldiers and figures of local interest, as well as horses and elephants laden with baggage.

In 1835, Captain Andrew Ludlow was listed in the East India Register and Directory as being on furlough from the Twelfth Regiment Bengal Native Infantry. According to the text, Ludlow describes putting together the sketches for publication on the very long sea voyage home.

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ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: IN PURSUIT OF THE PICTURESQUE
4-5 MAY 2022

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