122. The Sepoy of Goa

Indo-Portuguese, 18th century
Size: 66.5 × 49.5 cm
Oil on canvas

This young Hindu sepoy clasping his rifle appears to be guarding a well-tended plantation somewhere along the Mandovi river. Probably painted by a European artist working for a Portuguese patron, such images are far rarer than the prolific visual record of their exotic environment commissioned by the British.

Inscription: in Portuguese, between the feet of the figure, ‘CIPAI’ (Sepoy)