Gurkha Rifles, 1894
An albumen print group portrait showing troops from one (or perhaps two) of the Gurka regiments of the British Army, the soldiers of which are largely drawn from the ethnic Gurkha communities of Nepal. The men have been photographed at the Gurkha Recruiting Depot (GRD) at Kunraghat near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
An inked inscription in the lower margin reads ‘Gurkha Depot, Gorakhpur, 1894.’
Condition: the print has good tonal range but presents a slight loss of tone at its lower edge, most noticeably towards its lower left-hand corner. The album page is firm and solid but has warped very slightly in its upper and lower margins, although the print is unaffected. The reverse of the album page carries a similarly sized photograph showing the village of Mürren in the Swiss Alps.
Dimensions: the print measures 7.2” by 11.1” (18.3 cm by 28.2 cm); the album page on which it’s mounted measures 10.3” by 13.7” (26.4 cm by 35.1 cm).