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GIBB, W. (c.1896) Folio,
"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Plate:           Creese of the Rajah of Assam, and Powder Horn

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000463
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000463
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Artist:          William Gibb (c.1896), Edinburgh, Scotland

Plate:           Creese of the Rajah of Assam, and Powder Horn

Folio:        Naval and Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes”

Publisher:    John C. Nimmo, London, England

Printer:        Imprimerie Lemercier et cie

Edition:       First Edition

Published:   1896, this plate is the first of nine monthly parts of an excellent work designed by Mr. William Gibb, of Edinburgh, England, of whom was a Master Illustrator and Chromolithographer within the publishing industry. This work is a prime example of Mr. Gibb to set out the Navel and Military Glory of England by a serious of water-color drawings to which the appended descriptive notes were by Mr. Richard R. Holmesą.  The induction within the Folio was by Viscount Wolseley.

Edition:        Plate 1 of 36

Date:            1896 (Acquired in 1978)

Medium:      Chromolithograph Plate, printed by Lemercier in Paris, heightened with Arabic gum.

Materials:    Water Color on Beige Pager;

Markings:     Signed. Lower Right Corner “W. Gibb”;

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Framed:       Yes, this item has remained within a decoratively matted, original frame since acquired by Mr. Prince

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000463

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

James Papalia Gallery, Clifton, New Jersey

James Papalia (Dealer) for Marshall Fields & Company

Footnote:             THE LITERARY WORLD – BOOK REVIEWS, Page 44, Vol. 54, From the July to December 1896 Edition, James Clarke & Company, Publishers, 13 & 14 Fleet Street, E.C., London, England

Footnote:             This item is part of Mr. Prince's Chromolithograph Collection.




Assam, the most north-easterly portion of the British Possessions in the East Indies, consists chiefly of the great valley of the Brahmaputra and its affluents. In its western extremely it is a continuation of the plains of Bengal, but contracts gradually to the eastward till the mountains approach each other. It is a fertile region, and has been subject to various dynasties and constant invasion by the neighboring powers. Its first connection with the British was a commercial agreement made with the Rajah in 1783 under Lord Cornwallis. The country soon after relapsed into anarchy, and its condition attracted the incursions of the Burmese, who deposed the Rajah, and annexed Assam to Ava. This Creese was probably brought from the country by Lord Cornwallis, and was presented to King George the Third by Lord Wellesley in April, 1804. The extension of the Burmese encroachments on a portion of the East India Company’s territories compelled the British Government to take decisive measures for its own protection. Hence arose the series of hostilities with Ava, known as the first Burmese war, on the termination of which in 1826 Assam remained a British possession. The handle of the Creese is of richly gilt metal, in the shape of a grotesque figure with a bird’s head. The sheath is also richly gilt and ornamented, and has a chain for attachment to the belt or girdle. The richly ornamented power-horns represented in the plate are some of many trophies of Eastern warfare also sent to the King for his armory by the Governor-General of India, but no record has been preserved of the exact locality or engagement in which they were obtained.

From the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle.


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