Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Exceptionally scarce Sikh War Poster 1846 contrasting Ranjit Singh with Napolean – rare and early large 1st Sikh war poster published in 1846. Titled ‘'Waterloo compared with the four battles of the campaign between the British Army in India and the Seikh army of the Late Runjeet Singh’. The poster refers to the Sikhs as the best Asiatic army the British had ever faced. The 1st Sikh war and the battle of Waterloo are compared, number of casualties in each war etc. The first Sikh war was a hard fought war between the British and Sikhs, however due to the treacherous Sikh generals, the British were victorious. The British had gained the upmost respect for the Sikhs, they were later drafted into the British army in large numbers after the 2nd Sikh war in 1849, and they served loyally until Independence in 1947. Dimension - Single sheet broadside, 13in x 17.5in., London: Printed for and by W. R. Goodluck, Prince’s Square, Kennington. Original price for four pence. The only other copy in existence we can trace is in the Devon Heritage centre collection part of the Waterloo collection (Ref P&D000304), they date this poster to 1846.