Major-General Sir Herbert Edwardes

Major-General Sir Herbert Edwardes

John Henry Foley (1818-74), R. A.

1870

Marble

British Library, Euston Road, London

This military hero and administrator appears in various articles on the Indian Mutiny. Born in Shropshire and educated at King's College, London, he took with him into his influential military and administrative roles in India a strong Evangelical zeal, and was admired by Ruskin, who extracted passages from his Year on the Punjab Frontier in 1848-49 (published by Richard Bentley in 1851) for his A Knight's Faith of 1885. Patrick Brantlinger describes Ruskin's commentary on Edwardes as "an exercise in Carlylean hero worship" (470). Edwardes College, Peshawar, in Pakistan, a Christian foundation which started as a high school in 1900, is named after him. His bust was bequeathed to the India Office by Lady Edwardes in 1904, and eventually given to the British Library.

Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010