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Napier’s regiment was serving at home when this portrait was made, but in December 1877 it was sent to India on garrison duty. The following year Napier led his men into Afghanistan where their duties consisted of escort and transport tasks, to maintain lines of communication along the Khyber Pass route, including taking the ex-Amir, Yakub Khan, back to India as a prisoner. They also took part in several reprisals against the rebellious tribes in the Khyber area, including the actions at Ali Boghan and Daka in January 1880.
oil on canvas
H 35.6 x W 22.7 cm
gift from Mrs A. Robinson, 1964