Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Crealock's Highland Sketches

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Crealock's Highland Sketches

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Credit: David Blackburn

Soldier scribes are rare, soldier artists rarer still, and soldiers who can write and draw rarest of all. General Henry Hope Crealock (1831-1891) was one such polymath. He scribbled and doodled as he fought his way around Victoria's empire. He was a decorated veteran of the Siege of Sebastapol, the Second Opium War, India and the Anglo-French march on Peking in 1860. In the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 (Rourke's Drift and all that) Crealock commanded First Division and sent sketches of the campaign to the Illustrated London News . His work provides an invaluable account of the history he helped to forge.

After retiring in 1884, Crealock spent his declining years stalking deer in the Highlands. He kept a journal in which he drew and painted the land through which he passed. …

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