Major G Hutchinson, Commanding Engineer with Outram’s force at Lucknow


Major George Hutchinson Bengal Staff Corps [late Engineers].

A good clean carte de visite by Howard, Bourne, and Shepherd, circa 1863-66. The bust length portrait shows the heavily bearded officer wearing glasses. He was in command of the engineers with Outram’s force in the Indian Mutiny at Lucknow.      SOLD 8th June 2022

Hart’s Army List 1868 records Hutchinson’s service record: Major Hutchinson was employed under the Civil Government at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny and served throughout the defence of the Residency at Lucknow; was afterwards Commanding Engineer with Outram’s force at the Alumbagh, and Brigade Major of Engineers at the capture of Lucknow, and reported by Earl Canning to have been “of great service as a Civil Officer and Military Secretary to the Chief Commissioner after taking an important part in the Military operations” (Mentioned in dispatches, Brevet of Major, Medal with two clasps, and a year’s service for Lucknow).             may29/1

Provenance: This cdv was in an album put together by General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.,S,I., A. D. C. We acquired this in a large archive of the general’s papers, documents, and photographs . Lumsden served almost his entire career in India but also had strong connections with Queen Victoria and his albums included many senior officers on both Royal and Viceregal Staffs.