William Fraser (1784-1835), 1806 painting

William Fraser was an ssistant of General David Ochterlony who signed the “Treaty of Segauli” for the East India Company.
Subsequently, Nepal had to accept the observation of its politics by the British Residency in Kathmandu.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the British employed Indian artists to illustrate the manners and customs of India and to record scenes of monuments, deities and festivals. Among the British officers of the time, William Fraser was greatly influenced by the Mughal culture. He commissioned the “Fraser Album”, a collection of paintings covering the life in the Mughal era during the time.
“Gurkha soldiers”, 1815 “Elephant and driver”, ca. 1815-1819