This painting, together with 'The Battle of Meeanee, 17 February 1843' by the same artist, relate to an episode in the history of the Cheshire Regiment which is to this day remembered with pride. During the Scinde campaign the 22nd Regiment was commanded by General Sir Charles Napier, he feature prominently in both paintings and a further large portrait of the General hangs within the same gallery. It is thought that Sir Charles personally supervised the detail of both works.
In Hyderabad the second battle and the second of George Jones works on the subject of the conquest of Scinde, Napier is given prominence; indeed in this painting the tradition of the static commander is challenged. The General is shown at the top of the ravine at full gallop and with only one staff officer with him – very much in the thick of the action.
Where to see this painting?
Cheshire Military Museum
The Castle, Chester, Cheshire, England, CH1 2DN
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.
More on this painting
on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts, London (P)