Thursday, November 29, 2012

Uniforms of the British Empire c.1888 by Richard Simkin

Presented herein another series of watercolor prints from the prolific brush of military artist Richard Simkin. This set depicts uniforms of troops of the then far-flung British Empire circa 1888. The date can be fairly accurately established by the fact that the majority of the soldiers are armed with the .577/.450 cal. Martini-Henry rolling block rifle (both short and long lever versions) and two of the Canadian soldiers are shown with a .303 cal. Lee-Metford (bolt action, magazine fed) introduced into the British Army in 1888. Again this set of uniform prints was reproduced in 'Tradition' magazine in the late 1960's. Full acknowledgement and gratitude is once more extended to the magazine's publishers. For those who may be interested in obtaining original copies of 'Tradition', they may be obtained from;

First shown are regiments of the Bengal Army of British India.

Next are regiments of the Madras Army of British India.

The next group of regiments is from the Bombay Army of British India.

This group of regiments is from the Punjab Frontier Force of British India.

The next group of regiments represents the Dominion of Canada.

This group of regiments is from Tasmania and New Zealand.

The next group of regiments is from Victoria, Australia.

This final group of regiments is from New South Wales, Australia.


toolika gupta said...

Hi Can I use these pictures for my research? Please can you tell me the source. you can see my research at -

Arnhemjim said...

Ms. Gupta,
Please feel free to use the images. As cited the copy of the prints came from "Tradition" magazine which is unfortunately long out of print. If you double click on an image, it show allow you to download an enlarged size. Thank you for your interest in my blog.
Arnhem Jim

Magnus Lindström said...

Hello Arnhem Jim,

I am glad to see the prints up, but there is still possible to buy your own copy of these Traditon Magazine, we still have most of the copys in stock,

Kind regards


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