|Watercolour Landscape Painting
Watercolour Paper on Larger Album Page Mount
11 3/4 Inches Wide by 9 1/8 Inches High
(30cm x 23.3cm)
Lt. William James Logan-Home, R.E.
Taken from an album that was once the property of Lieutenant William James Logon-Home, Royal Engineers, this riverine view is titled "Looking N.E. from Jamnu Khata -on the Sooswa- Eastern part of
Dehra Dhoon. April 1872". Although unsigned, the attribution is pretty certain given the original ownership of the album in question.
William James Logan Home, the eldest child and son of Colonel George Logan-Home, 12th Laird of Broomhouse and Anne Doran was born on 26 September 1847. He attended the Loretto School at
Midlothian, Scotland and the 1927 edition of the school’s registry gives us an account of his short but very accomplished life.
Logan-Home attended Loretto from 1857 to 1862, garnering fourteen class prizes for his studies as well as three prizes for fencing. He passed third of his class into the Royal Military College at Woolwich in
He passed 1st of his class into the Royal Engineers in December 1866. An avid sportsman, Logan-Home won several sculling prizes at the Royal Engineers Regatta of 1867. He was also an accomplished rider
and polo player, Posted to India he was appointed Superintendent of Instruction in Engineering at Roorkee, holding that post from 1871 to 1875. He also served as Instructor of Signaling at Roorkee and Simla.
He is also credited with the invention of an improved heliograph for cavalry.
Appointed Superintendent of Signaling and Field Telegraphs, Punjab Camp of Exercise at Attock, his only active service in the field saw his in command of sappers and miners during Duffla Expedition against
the tribes of northern Assam between October 1874 and February 1875. No clasp for the India General Service Medal was apparently authorized for this expedition. He made numerous other surveys into the
Himalayas, Tibet, the Sivalik Hills, Assam and Central India.
He succeeded to his father’s Lairdship in 1870. He died from the effects of sunstroke at Simla on 29 September 1875.