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Illustration from

"Oriental Memoirs" by James Forbes, 1813

A Foot Soldier in the usual Costume of the Native Indians

Plate forty-six from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes (1749-1819) made the original drawing of this 'spear-man in the Ragobah's [Raghunath Row] service' in the Mahratta Camp at Cambay where his friend Sir Charles Malet was the English Resident. 'Those who carry matchlocks, or other Indian arms, are generally dressed in a similar manner, sometimes in a jacket and shorter drawers, according to their own choice; no conformity being attempted as in the corps of native sepoys in the Company's service.'


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