Officer, Indian Mutiny 1858

The 13th Light Infantry served in India from 1857 to 1864 under the command of the irascible Lord Kerr. This illustration by Pierre Turner is based on a portrait and shows the special hot weather uniform worn in India in 1858. The shako is the 1855 type but with a quilted white cover, although the portrait of Lord Kerr on his horse shows a less obviously quilted cover. The green light infantry plume appears to be held back to prevent it falling forward but the painting shows a free falling plume. The boots and spurs were for the mounted officers only. The other ranks in the painting have baggy buff-coloured tunics, grey trousers and similar shako covers.

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