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'Rissaldar Nihal-Khan 15th Lancers', 1915

Pencil drawing by Paul Sarrut (1882-1969), 1915.

Portrait of an Indian Army cavalry officer seated, in uniform, holding the hilt of his sword. Paul Sarrut served in the French Army during World War One (1914-1918) and was posted to the British Army as a Military Liaison Officer and interpreter for the French, Indian and British troops on the Western Front.

The 15th Lancers (Cureton's Multanis) was the first Indian cavalry regiment to arrive in France in 1914. The Indian Army Corps started to arrive in Marseille in late September 1914, and from 1 October 1914 Sarrut sketched their arrival, life in camp and departure for the Western Front. In 1915 Sarrut moved up to the front and continued to sketch the Indian soldiers there. The Indian corps was sent to Mesopotamia in November 1915.

After the War, Sarrut had a selection of his drawings engraved and issued as a portfolio, 'British and Indian Troops in Northern France, 70 War Sketches, 1914-1915', published by H Delépine of Arras, France, in about 1919.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2000-10-24-1


Copyright: The Estate of Paul Sarrut


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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