Silhouette (circa 1870)

Captain Thursby, 9th Lancers


Gouache, pen, and ink

52 x 44 cm

Captain Piers Thursby was born in 1834 and served in the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, with whom he served during the Indian Mutiny of the 1850s. He was the son of Revd. W. Thursby of Ormerod House and died in 1904.

Prior to photography, silhouettes were the easiest way of recording a person’s appearance. This set might record the group present at a country house party, a wedding, or other similar convivial occasion.

Condition: generally very good; some staining to right edge.

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