[INDIA] [PRATT, C.[HARLES] STEWART and PRATT, W.D.]. Manuscript, northern India, primarily Bengal, circa
1862-6 (but with a few slightly later inclusions). Three-quarter dark brown morocco, marbled sides (neatly rebacked). 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches (34.5 x 26 cm); 212 pp, with approximately 160 lively watercolor sketches (ranging from vignettes to full-page productions) of views, native life--including a grim series of studies of an execution)--hunting scenes, flora and fauna, military life (many initialled W.D.P.), with a fine map of the station and native town of Comillah (now Comilla in Bangladesh); approximately 20 fine salt prints or albumen photographs, mostly views, some full-page, many of Calcutta, some possibly taken by W.D. Pratt (who has annotated one small salt print "my house"); numerous extracted lithographs, mostly from Indian publications; a small number of original letters and documents; etc. Rebacked as noted, some tears and losses to page edges etc., sometimes affecting the drawings (especially at the beginning of the album), the whole carefully restored.
Charles Stewart Pratt shows up on Indian officer records from about 1858, through the 1870s. We have not definitively located W.D. Pratt (apparently William, from the album), though a Police Department Deputy Inspector General of that name is listed in Bengal in the 1890s (with a few earlier references located in the 1880s in less senior ranks), and some of the contents (including the confession of a dacoit) do tend to show that one of the brothers was involved in policing the region. He appears to have been a close relative of Charles Pratt, possibly a brother. Several of the drawings show their dogs, "Jessie" and "Gyp", and two charming drawings show the men and their dogs on a tour of inspection by boat, with their respective animals. Additionally, one of the photographs depicts "Lieutenant Pratt": assuming William took this, this must be a portrait of Charles, an elegant mustachioed man shown here with fellow members of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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