An albumen print group portrait of officers of the 13th Hussars.
The regiment is identified in both the upper and lower margins, while another inscription in the lower margin gives the date, 1881, and the location, Mutbra [in India]. The sitters are all identified in ink along the lower edge of the print (shown in scan) and in the lower margin (not shown in scan). The officer seated on the far left of the group is Robert Baden-Powell, who later founded the scout movement. This is a previously unknown portrait of him.
Educated at Charterhouse, Baden-Powell (1857-1841) entered the army in 1876. He fought in defence of Mafeking during the Second South African War. After 1907 he devoted his time to developing the Scout Association, which rapidly spread throughout the world. He was created a peer in 1929.
The print measures 8” by 11.1” (202 mm by 280 mm). It is mounted on an album page measuring 10.4” by 13.6” (263 mm by 346 mm).
The reverse of the album page shows two topographical views, one of Salisbury Cathedral and the other of Bolton Abbey.
condition: Although the print has excellent tonal range, it has sustained several tears prior to mounting, which may be seen as large cracks running off the left-hand edge. There is a group of these tears
in the area of the background near the upper-left hand corner and another long, horizontal tear running across Baden-Powell’s shoulder and neck and across the face of the officer seated next to him.
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