'Fane's Horse', c 1860.
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A photograph of a group of irregular cavalry known as 'Fane's Horse', taken by Felice Beato in about 1860. Included in the group are two European officers, surrounded by their Indian soldiers. Fane's Horse were raised at Cawnpore (now Kanpur) in 1860 especially to fight in China during the Second Opium War of 1856-1860. The regiment was later re-named the 19th (King George's Own) Lancers in the Indian Army. Felice (Felix) Beato, a Venetian by birth, initially worked as a photographer in England. Around 1854 he began working with his brother-in-law James Robertson, based in Constantinople (Istanbul).