General Hari Singh Nalwa on an elephant with his retinue, 1825–35

General Hari Singh Nalwa on an elephant with his retinue, 1825–35


Gouache heightened with gold attributed to the family workshop of Abdullah, Punjab Plains

A3 (420 x 297 mm)
170 gsm illustration printing paper (specially chosen for its excellent anti-aging and anti-yellowing properties)
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The famed Sikh general leads a cavalcade of colourfully-dressed irregular cavalrymen from atop his charging elephant. The contingent, which is made up of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, travel through hill country suggestive of Kashmir, possibly engaged in the chase.

Hari Singh was born in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s hometown of Gujranwala. He was a senior commander of the Sikh army and the one to whom the maharaja was most attached. He was employed to command all expeditions of exceptional difficulty, helping to extend the Sikh Empire almost up to the Khyber Pass. In addition to his military service, he also earned distinction as governor of Peshawar, Kashmir and Hazara.

Image credit: © Toor Collection

Print series: Empire of the Sikhs

Published in: In Pursuit of Empire: Treasures from the Toor Collection of Sikh Art by Davinder Toor with an introduction by William Dalrymple