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General Sir Samuel James Browne (1824–1901), VC, GCB, KCSI, c.1901

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Browne is one of the most prominent figures in the history of the Indian Army, who today is chiefly remembered for having introduced a form of leather belt, the ‘Sam Browne’. He began his career with the Bengal Army in 1840 and took part in numerous campaigns before being awarded the Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny for gallantry at Seeporah in 1858. Accompanied by one orderly sowar (Indian cavalry trooper), he engaged in hand-to-hand combat to secure a strategically-placed 9 pdr gun, during which action his left arm was severed at the shoulder by a sword.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    114.7 x 89.2 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1956-02-195

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Lieutenant General F. Lance, 1956


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