This showroom offers photographs, books, ephemera, etc concerned with the Durbars held at Delhi in 1877, 1903, 1911, and 1921. It also includes material connected with royal visits and tours in India, particularly those of the various Princes of Wales in 1875, 1905/6, and 1921/22. If you are interested in a particular Indian ruler at one of these events you may also wish to consult the showroom of Indian Princes. Other related portraits may appear in the Viceroys showroom. By clicking on an image you will see a larger version and usually one or two further images.  THIS SHOWROOM LAST UPDATED 25th February.  To order or enquire about items in this showroom email or telephone 07966 176839 or 01242 573767  For an up to date version  please visit the new website

Delhi Durbar 1911, View of a camp 06889

A good large view of one of the Camps at the 1911 Delhi Coronation Durbar of King George V and Queen Mary. Unmounted and in pristine condition. The very neat camp is not identified but we acquired it with other items connected with the Madras camp so it could be that. Groups of European ladies and gentlemen are emerging from their tents wearing day dress. The large tents, potted plants and white painted road markings give an impression of the extreme care that had been taken over the construction of these spacious camps.

The Officers of the 39th Garhwal Rifles at the Delhi Durbar 1911 06622

An original photographic portrait of the officers in full dress uniform with medals, seated and standing in their camp at the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911. A good richly toned and strong image, stamped G W Lawrie & Co bottom right, mounted on an album sheet, excellent condition, the reverse of the sheet with 6 smaller images of Durbar and Delhi scenes. One shows the distinctive mounted herald trumpeters and a particularly unusual small image shows a train of the specially constructed Delhi Durbar Light Railway headed by the locomotive Tishazari. The page came from an album belonging to Brigadier Guy Rowland Mainwaring, D.S.O. of the Royal Garhwal Rifles (serving 1906-1938) who, as a young lieutenant, was with the detachment from the 1/39 Garhwal Rifles detachment at the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911. We can provide the names of the officers present at Delhi which may help in identifying the sitters.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Five views of Durbar day showing the King Emperor with his Indian Prince Pages 07471

An old card album sheet with 5 interesting small oblong images of Durbar events [each approx 6 x 3ins]. Although quite small these are particularly clear and evocative scenes taken on Durbar Day itself, 12th December 1911. One shows the central Durbar dais with the Heralds riding past and gives a good view of the huge numbers of troops drawn up. A second shows the Maharaja of Sikkim at the foot of the steps on the dais being received by the King Emperor, the princely pages informally seated around the base. In this view the very privileged position of the princes in the Imperial Cadet Corps can be seen as they stand to the back of the dais behind the high officials seated at either side of the royal pair. A third shows the King Emperor and Queen Empress looking, fully robed, looking out from the walls of the Red Fort on the occasion of the Badshahi Mela Garden Party: in this the pages are sitting, chatting and one is pointing to some event of interest. A fourth shows the pages re-arranging Queen Mary’s robes as the couple leave and King George V smiling at one of the pages. A fifth shows horse artillery at the Durbar Review. The page came from an album belonging to Brigadier Guy Rowland Mainwaring, D.S.O. of the Royal Garhwal Rifles (serving 1906-1938) who, as a young lieutenant, was with the detachment from the 1/39 Garhwal Rifles at the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911 and the reverse of the card has a large [11.5 x 8.5] group portrait of the officers of the 39th Garhwal Rifles at Delhi during the Durbar. Although they are not identified individually we can provide a list of the British officers who were in camp at Delhi. Both British and Indian officers appear in the group, wearing. Two of the Indian and one of the British officers wear aiguillettes denoting that they were King’s Orderly Officers on that day. As well as the usual Indian service medals one of the Indian officers wears the IOM. The large photograph bears the impressed stamp of G W Lawrie & Co.

Delhi Durbar 1903. The Imperial Cadet Corps, mounted, led by General H. H. Sir Pratap Singh 05347

Original vintage photograph by Deen Dayal Studio of Bombay, 8 ins x 5.8 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered 349 in the negative, the number repeated on the printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image 349 CADET CORPS. Imperial Cadet Corps on the March, very little fading, a good clear photograph. This print shows the young princes of the Imperial Cadet Corps in their distinctive uniform, mounted (apparently stationary despite the caption) with drawn swords. At the head of the double column are the clearly distinguishable figures of Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Idar (Regent of Jodhpur) and Major Watson, the Commandant (the former slightly smiling, the latter with his usual sternly serious mood). The location appears to be within the camp area. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 424 ."Field Battery." This view, very unfaded, shows a battery of Field Artillery parading with their guns past the saluting point on the day of the Military Review, the mounted figure of Lord Curzon clearly visible as he takes the salute, surrounded by mounted aides de camp, etc. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photographs put together by Deen Dayal's studios. The grey card mount is a little chipped but retains wide enough margins to allow for window mounting retaining the title. At this time the Corps included 5 ruling princes [Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Jaora, Rutlam, and Dhoplur] and princes from Atari, Kama, Bhavnagar, Jodhpur, Gandoz, Jaipur, Virpur, Kota, Weir, Rutlam, Tonk, Chota Udaipur, Hoti, Sardargarh, and Palanpur.

Delhi Durbar, 1903. The Imperial Cadet Corps dismounted in their camp 005348

Original vintage photograph, 8 ins x 5.8 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered in the negative 348, the number repeated on the printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image 349 CADET CORPS. Imperial Cadet Corps Dismounted Awaiting Orders. The photograph is somewhat faded and a few small indentations and scratches, but still a good clear image with personalities easily distinguishable under a lens. This print shows the young princes of the Imperial Cadet Corps in their distinctive uniform, mainly dismounted around the clearly distinguishable figure of Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Idar (Regent of Jodhpur), still mounted, Major Watson, the Commandant stands in the foreground holding the reigns of his charger. The location is probably just before the Corps took part in the Military Review. At this time the Corps included, as well as 18 sons of rulers, the young rulers of Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Jaora, Rutlam, and Dholpur. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 423 REVIEW. Field Battery R.H.A. Marching Past. This unfaded view, shows a battery of Horse Artillery parading with their guns past the saluting party on the day of the Military Review. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photographs put together by Deen Dayal's studios. At this time the Corps included 5 ruling princes [Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Jaora, Rutlam, and Dhoplur] and princes from Atari, Kama, Bhavnagar, Jodhpur, Gandoz, Jaipur, Virpur, Kota, Weir, Rutlam, Tonk, Chota Udaipur, Hoti, Sardargarh, and Palanpur.

Delhi Durbar 1903. The last Rehearsal for the State Entry 05349

Original vintage photograph,11.2 ins x 7 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered in the negative 146, printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image The last Rehearsal of the State Entry, some fading but still a very clear image, a few small surface marks and some indented lines where the image may have been placed over another at some time. This interesting and uncommon view shows the elephant procession approaching the Jama Masjid (the photographer has taken it from a higher vantage point there) the long column snaking away to wards the massive walls of the Red Fort in the background. The leading elephants bear British officials in undress uniform or civilian clothes and several women with parasols; most of the Indian Chiefs' elephants appear to have servants in the howdahs although a few are empty. Although there are many images of the Elephant Procession on Durbar Day views such as this are much less commonly kept in albums and give a delightfully informal view of events leading up to the big day. The route is lined by British and Indian troops in field service dress giving the general salute, the soldiers with their rifles at the present: on the day itself they would of course wear full dress uniform. To the left is a British infantry band (also seldom seen like this in undress uniform) playing, its bandmaster clearly conducting vigorously, several senior mounted officers overseeing events, and in the background dozens of other elephants and onlookers. A delightfully atmospheric image. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 130. ELEPHANT PROCESSION. Heralds Passing Jama Masjid. This view, rather faded from the top but still clear and enjoyable, shows the Herald (Major A G Maxwell) followed by the kettle drummer and twelve British and Indian state trumpeters: in the distance, snaking back towards the walls of the Red Fort, is the Viceregal Bodyguard and the Imperial Cadet Corps leading the long elephant procession on the occasion of the State Entry into Delhi. Unlike in the image on the other side of this leaf decorative awnings have been erected parallel to the parade route and there are crowds of onlookers beneath them and numerous carriages, ekkas, etc behind the stands. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photographs put together by Deen Dayal's studios.

Delhi Durbar, 1903. The Elephant Procession approaching the Jama Masjid 07350

Original vintage photograph, 11.2 ins x 7.8 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered in the negative 131, the number repeated on the printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image 131 ELEPHANT PROCESSION. Viceroy approaching Jama Masjid, some fading from top but still a very clear image. The card is broken across one corner but this does not affect the image. This view, taken from a high position on Jama Masjid, looks down on the scene as Lord Curzon's elephant approaches the turn in front of the great mosque. The Viceroy is acknowledging salutes and Lady Curzon is smiling from beneath her parasol. Already turned are the two preceding elephants bearing the Viceroy's secretaries and aides de camp; behind his elephant is that of the Duke of Connaught (giving precedence to the Viceroy in India). The long column of elephants bearing Indian rulers snakes away into the distance towards the walls of the Red Fort. The Viceroy’s massive elephant. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 666. ELEPHANT PROCESSION. Head of Procession with 4th Dragoon Guards. taken from the same viewpoint. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photgraphs put together by Deen Dayal's studios. The Viceroy’s elephant, Luchman, had been loaned by the Maharaja of Benares and the howday used was that used by Lord Lytton in 1877 at the Imperial Assemblage. A picture here shows the howdah today as it is on loan to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.

Delhi Durbar, 1903. A photographic portrait from Deen Dayal studios of Captain Walker, Camel Corps 05353

Original vintage photograph, 8 ins x 5.7ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered in the negative 127, printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image An officer of the Camel Corps (Captain Walker), a very clear image with minimal fading. This is a very strong image of Capt Walker mounted on his camel: he wears field service dress with khaki helmet and appears to be equipped for exercise, with sword, rifle, water carriers, etc. An unusual image taken during the demonstration manoeuvres held during the Durbar period. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 113. MANOEUVRES. Gun Coming into Action in an awkward Position . This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photgraphs put together by Deen Dayal's studios. The card is chipped at the top corners but leaving wide enough margins for a modern window mount.

Imperial Tour of India in connection with the Delhi Durbar, 1911 06347

Report on the Presidency of Bombay 1911-1912. Govt Press [Bombay] 1912. Folio. Two full page plates form photographs (The Reception Pavilion & Amphitheatre and Their Majesties' Dais), xxvi.217pp. Original printed blue paper covered boards and cloth spine, somewhat soiled but sound and internally clean, ex-University Library with small stamps to front cover, title page, reverse of plates and a few elsewhere, top corner of cover marked ink Asst Sec to Govt, General Dept, secretariat, Bombay. As well as all the general information common to such annual reports there is particular emphasis on the city's preparations and celebrations in connection with its being the reception point for the first visit of a ruling Emperor (King George V) to his Indian Empire when he disembarked from HMS Medina at what is now Gateway of India on Apollo Bunder. The pavilion illustrated was the one erected especially for the royal arrival and the forerunner of the present massive structure. The Dais, a shamiana with two thrones was erected in front of the Royal Yacht Club. The second illustration is accompanied by a note on the nature of the decorations and also details the cost to the Presidency.

Delhi Durbar, 1911. A two part panoramic view of Durbar Camps by night, with other related photos 10010

The two part panoramic photograph [21 x 4.5ins opened] is pasted by the rear of the second part to an old card leaf. There is a crease across the top left corner but this rather unusual panorama gives a good idea of the vast extent of the tented city that was necessary for the Delhi Coronation Durbar. The reverse has a 9 x 4.5ins view of the presentation of regimental colours which took place on Monday 11th December – a little faded. The small but very clear images [3 x 2ins approx] include H.M. The King landing at Bombay; Durbar Naval Detachment landing at Bombay; Highland Light Infantry led by the Pipes; Feu de Joie; 2/39th Garhwal Rifles coming through the Kashmir Gate. One image showing two field officers riding past the Kashmir Gate is so clear that one can read the notice DANGEROUS. DRIVE AT WALKING PACE. The page came from an album belonging to Brigadier Guy Rowland Mainwaring, D.S.O. of the Royal Garhwal Rifles (serving 1906-1938) who, as a young lieutenant, was with the detachment from the 1/39 Garhwal Rifles at the Durbar.

Delhi Durbar 1903. A good portrait of a mounted member of the Imperial Cadet Corps in camp 06888

A good portrait of a single, unidentified, cadet mounted standing outside the Imperial Cadet Corps' camp at the Delhi Coronation Durbar in 1903, wearing the dress uniform. Letterpress label pasted to the old album sheet beneath - A Cadet in full uniform on horseback - and numbered in the negative 358, [approx 8 x 6ins – 21 x 14cm] Large corner areas of the card are broken away and missing but the images are not affected and an ample margin remains. The reverse image is larger [285 x 195mm] and rather faded but interesting because although it is described on the title as 'a group of Cadets in Camp' it seems to show the entire corps as there are 23 cadets here (the number listed in the Directory to the 1903 Durbar]. The portrait group shows the Hon Commandant (General HH Sir Pratap Singh, Maharaja of Idar) seated between Major W A Watson of the Central India Horse (Commandant) and Captain D H Cameron CIH [Adjutant). The cadets at this time included the Maharajas of Jodhpur, Kishengarh, the Nawab of Jaora, the Raja of Ratlam, and the Maharaj-Rana of Dholpur. A full list of cadets can be provided if required.

1911. The Worcestershire Regiment marching through the Kashmir Gate after the State Entry 06910

An original vintage photograph, possibly by Fradelle & Young of Regent Street, taken during the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911. The Worcestershire Regiment are emerging from Kashmir Gate on their way home after the State Entry, led by two mounted field officers. A very clear, richly toned print, unmounted [6 x 4ins], inscribed in pencil verso. This print came from a small collection still in the original photographer's envelope addressed to Capt C S Linton of the Worcesters, who was with the regiment at Delhi. It is not so easy to find these relatively informal images of the Durbar taken by professional photographers. The envelope is shown in the illustrations but not included with this photograph.

1911. The Worcestershire Regiment marching through the Kashmir Gate after the State Entry 06911

An original vintage photograph, possibly by Fradelle & Young of Regent Street, taken during the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911. The soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment are emerging from Kashmir Gate on their way home after the State Entry, a long column of soldiers walking rather than marching with Indian gentlemen and camel carriages in the fore ground. A very clear, richly toned print, unmounted [6 x 4ins], inscribed in pencil verso. It is not so easy to find these relatively informal images of the Durbar taken by professional photographers. This print came from a small collection still in the original photographer's envelope as sent to Captain C S Linton of the Worcesters, who was with the regiment at Delhi. An illustration of the envelope is provided though it is not sold with this item.

Indian Postal Guide. No 63. January 1903. Special Coronation Edition 06475

Supt. Govt Printing [Calcutta] 1903. 8vo. Double leaf page, interleaved with tissue with mounted stamps with cancellation stamps (Coronation Durbar / DELHI / 1 JA 03 / 12 NOON / CENTRAL HEAD OFFICE). xxxii.283pp. Original pale blue textured card covers, with red ruling and imperial monogram of Edward VII in red and yellow, the binding has been covered with a trasparent tape and has faded manuscript numerals to the front cover and titling to the spine, internally quite a clean copy and the stamps remain in good condition, retaining the tissue guard between the two pages. A massive amount of information, including lists of all post offices, sub offices, etc., mail steamer sailings, foreign post, the bullock train, telegrams, etc. The stamps are Edwards VII definitives [3 pies green, 1 anna red, half Anna green], Victoria young head definitives [1 anna red, 1 anna maroon, 2 annas olive, 2a.6p blue, 3a orange, 6a olive, 8a purple, 12 a orange, 1 rupee green and red], Victoria Jubilee head definitives [3p red, 3p grey, larger size 2 r red and brown, 3r green and brown, 5r blue and purple].

Coronation Service 1911 at Simla on the Mall. Original Vintage Photograph 06887

Unmounted original photograph, good clean condition with very slight loss at lower left corner. Identified on the reverse "Coronation Service View" and bottom left "by J ...." the photographer's name is indistinct. Taken from high on The Mall the view shows great crowds of people on all the roads leading towards the church. It is not clear whether this was service at the time of the coronation in London or, more likely, one to coincide with the Coronation Durbar in Delhi in December.

Autobiography of the Prince of Wales's Hon Physician on his 1875 Visit to India. 04451

Fayrer, Sir Recollections of My Life. William Blackwood [Edinburgh] 1901. 8vo. 26 illustrations, xii.508pp. Original blue cloth gilt, an excellent clean copy thorughout with only minor wear at extremities, ex-Brownlow Memorial Library with a stamp to reverse of front free endpaper and label to rear pastedown (no further library marks or stampings), tear without loss to gutter margin of p 185/6. The author was Honorary Physician to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra) and accompanied the prince on his 1875 Royal Visit to India (about 100 pages deal with this trip). Much of the rest of the volume is concerned with Fayrer's earlier career in Burma and during the Mutiny, when he was a t Lucknow, as well as his peacetime practice in Calcutta.

Visit of the Prince of Wales to Bombay 1921 11226

An oval bronze medal struck for this occasion during the Royal Tour of 1921-22. The obverse shows a profile bust of Prince Edward [later King Edward VII] facing to the right; the reverse has a raised inscription "Visit of His Royal Highness, Bombay, November 1921". The Prince of Wales feathers topped by a loop forms the method of suspension. Beneath the bust is the date 1921 within a monogram TC - presumably the medal designer or engraver's mark. Little seems to be known about the distribution of this medal. There is no ribbon with this medal. The overall measurements, including suspension, are 55 x 30mm.

Delhi Durbar. An invitation to the Durbar to be held on 12th December 1911 00001103

The invitation measures 8.25 x 5.75ins and is printed on cream card embossed with the Royal Arms in gilt and made out to Mrs Johnson. The reverse shows a plan of the Durbar amphitheatre. Mrs Thompson was staying in the Civil Lines camp where she is listed in the Official Directory with her husband Mr J P Thompson, a District Judge.

Delhi Durbar 1903. Scarce Central Camp Programme 11030

CORONATION DURBAR, DELHI. No publication details and no title page [as is often the case with official and semi official publications in the Curzon era; the Viceroy’s autumn tour programmes also used only the gilt title on the cover as in this case] but probably published by the Military Secretary to the Viceroy, 1902. 12mo. 4 folding maps and plans [the Delhi 1903 map which should be in the rear pocket is lacking as is the 1857 map form the front pocket], [i] Index of maps and Plans, [i] Table of Contents, [i] Calendar for 1903, 65pp Programme. Original full red leather gilt, front board gilt blocked with the title beneath an imperial crown top left, gilt ruled spine, the binding sound but rubbed along the joints and with some wear, the original marbled endpaper is split along the front hinge leaving the text block [which is very clean throughout] pulling away from the spine, all edges red, the contents very clean with maps and plans neatly folded.. The maps and plans listed comprise: Plan of the British Position at Delhi maintained from 8th June to 14th September 1857, on a scale of 4 inches to a mile. [lacking from front pocket], Plan of Camps, Delhi Coronation Durbar, 1902-1903 on a scale of 2 inches to a mile [lacking from rear pocket], Central Camp on a scale of 12 inches to a mile, Skeleton Map of Delhi and Part of Civil Station showing the route ot be followed by the Procession on December 29th 1902 on a scale of 6inches to a mile, Plan showing the Distribution of Troops and General Arrangements for the Coronation Durbar, January 1st 1903 on a scale of 6 inches to 1 mile, small folding map of Delhi 9for the excursions) on a scale of 1 inch to a mile. The Programme is printed on facing pages only leaving left hand pages free for notes and is as follows: p 1 a summary of the Programme from December 29th 1902 to January 10th 1903. pp 2-14 a diary showing a page a day divided into morning, afternoon and evening. In this case the diary has been filled in for several of the more important days in a neat hand by the owner [more details below]. pp 15 – 17 VICEROY’S CAMP List of Guests p 18 List of Central Camps 21 camps listed [Governors, Lt Governors, Chief Commissioners etc, with the Residents of the four senior rulers, Hyderabad, Mysore, Baroda, & Kashmir. pp 19 – 20 Ruling Chiefs. This list comprises 94 Indian Princes, the Ruler of Nepal, and 6 Shan Chiefs from Burma. pp 21 – 29 PROCESSION ON ARRIVAL. This section gives the order of march for the State Entry, including those who will be elephants and those in carriages, preliminary disposition of elephants, etc and details of the close of the procession. pp 30 – 37 DURBAR. This section gives the objexts of the Durbar, defines those attending, arrangement of seats, military arrangements, arrivals, arrival of the Viceroy, opening of the Durbar, the Proclamation, His Excellency’s address, the Presentation of the Ruling Chiefs. pp 28 – 43 Grand Chapter of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India.... This section details the ceremonial of the highest order specifically related to Indian serviced and lists those who are to invested with CSI, KCSI, or GCSI. pp 44 – 52 EXHIBITION OF INDIAN ARTS. Notes on the various features of the exhibits. pp 53 – 59 Imperial Forces at Delhi. Composition of the various Brigades with the names of Divisional and Brigade commanders, including Corps troops, the Imperial Service Contingent [under Colonel S Beatson, Volunteer Contingent, etc. pp 60 - 62 INTERNATIONAL POLO CUP. This section lists entrants [not with individual members of teams], ties, and has a list of the names of the Delhi Polo Club Committee [President – Colonel C W Muir]. The interesting manuscript entries in the diary section make it possible to identify the original owner of this copy as Rear Admiral Sir Charles Carter Drury, K.C.S.I., Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Naval Forces in the East Indies [1846 – 1914] who notes on Durbar day morning A magnificent sight & splendidly done, saw it most comfortably,a letter fr Viceroy informing me I made K.C.S.I..This was a most unusual award for the naval commander only once given before: the usual honour for the navy was the Order of the Bath. On the day before the Durbar Drury called on H.R.H [Duke of Connaught] No 2 dress, drove myself in Tonga, very nice trap, have ordered one to be built. On other occasions he dines with the Governor of Madras, the Governor of Bombay [when he took in H. H. of Gondal, a native Princess, spoke English very well. He also lunched with Lord Kitchener, drove with Lord and Lady Pembroke to the Native Camp, dined in Mess with the Viceroy, sat next to the Earl of Durham at the State Dinner. We have only had one copy of this book before and we believe it to have been printed in a run of only about 200 copies. There are about 140 guests listed in the Viceroy’s camp and copies of this programme were probably given to them and a few other high officials. There were separate programmes produced for at least some of the central camps but they are much simpler than this.

Delhi Durbar 1911. A cased contemporary miniature medal 00000983

Whilst miniatures of the 1911 Delhi Durbar are common we have never come across a cased example before. This is a very good contemporary example of the miniature medal in silver with correct swivel ring, on old and now faded ribbon, with a brooch mount to the rear, and in the original fitted retailer’s case of P Orr & Son of Madras and Rangoon. The medal is in very fine condition.

The Indian Tour of the Prince of Wales in 1906 -1906. Comprehensive standard illustrated work. 00000353

Reed, Stanley: THE ROYAL TOUR IN INDIA. A Record of the Tour of T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales in India and Burma, from November 1905 to March 1906. Bennett Coleman & Co [Bombay] 1906, quarto, 1st Edition. Photogravure portraits of Prince & Princess printed on card before the title page, numerous photo illustrations [many full page and including portraits of rulers], sketch route map, xxiv.510pp, 3pp un-numbered Appendix B. Original blue cloth gilt, minor wear at extremities, small ink mark on front board, a little triangle of cloth lacking at the rear inner corner, small tear to gutter margin of prelims and title page but not affecting any printed areas, a sound copy, the cloth brighter than usual, the text block clean, no ownership markings. A very well illustrated work entirely printed on fine quality glazed art paper. The illustrations are taken from photographs by Raja Deen Dayal & Sons and by Bourne and Shepherd. This important tour visited Bombay, Indore, Udaipur, Jaipur, Bikanir, Lahore, Peshawar, The Khyber, Rawalpindi, Jammu, Amritsar, Delhi,Agra, Gwalior, Lucknow, Calcutta, Rangoon, Madras, Mysore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Benares, Aligarh, Quetta, Chaman & Karachi. As well as views of tour there are numerous architectural views and portraits of princes and rulers, officals, etc. A most useful work of record for Imperial India. The tour took place 30 years after the visit of the Prince's father (who was later Edward VII). The Prince and Princess enjoyed their trip and were to visit India again for a Coronation tour in 1911 when the Prince became George V.

Delhi Durbar 1903. R Tuck postcard showing the Viceroy & Vicereine 00001129

An unused coloured postcard by Rapael Tuck [No 2623] showing Lord Curzon and Lady Curzon seated in the howdah of their richly caparisoned elephant. The massive animal was called Lachman Prasad and was on loan from the Maharaja of Benares,

The Imperial Assemblage, Delhi 1877. The Viceroy's Pavilion and the Princes' Stand 07434

The Imperial Assemblage, Delhi 1877, the Arena showing the Viceregal Pavilion and the Princes' Stand A good original photograph of the Imperial Assemblage scene in Delhi 1877. Taken from a position between the Viceroy's pavilion or Shamiana and the pavilion stand erected for the princes this is similar to the one in Tallboys Wheeler's Imperial Assemblage but clearer and taken from a closer position. The overall bunting and the impressive armorial banners in the Princes' stand are clearly visible. The banners proved an inspired gift that was hugely popular with the rulers and some of them still survive in palace collections in India today. There is a small area of loss to the top right of the image but it is in generally good condition for its age. 11.5 x 8ins [29 x 23cm]

Delhi Durbar 1903. The Jeddere-Fisher / Barr Album 11010

An album containing several good large size photographs by Bourne and Shepherd put together by the grandson of Lt Col Sir David Barr, Resident at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, in whose Camp he was a guest. For full details and several illustrations see the entry in the Catalogue section of the website.

Delhi Past & Present. 1902 1st edition with notes for visitors to the Delhi Durbar 08756

Fanshawe, DELHI PAST AND PRESENT. Oxford University Press [London] 1902, 1st Edition, 8vo. 50 plates from photographs [including the photogravure frontispiece], 10 maps & plans [some folding], 2 maps on one folded sheet in rear pocket, xvii, 357pp, 6 ads. All illustrations are as listed in the correct positions and there is an additional, unlisted, partly coloured folding map of Delhi and Environs [circa 1902 by Bartholomew for John Murray] at p 16. Original decorative cloth gilt, the spine gilt blocked with a peacock, top edges gilt, very good clean condition, minor bumps to corners, internally sound withjust a little occasional spotting to a few pages, contemporary armorial bookplte of William Henry Allen of Bromham House, Bromham, Bedfordshire to font pastedown.. This copy retains the original 12pp booklet in the rear pocket Leaflet of Special Information regarding the Coronation Darbar at Delhi, Christmas, 1902, and New Year, 1903 [including a map showing the principal camps] . A large part of this book, pp 75 -221 deals with the Indian Mutiny including a casualty list [one of the maps in the rear pocket is of Delhi in 1857] although there are sections on both earlier and later Delhi. Not an easy work to find these days. Fanshawe had been working on this book for over fifteen years and it is possible that Murray pushed him into publication because of the topicality of the subject at the time of the Durbar. A couple of the copies we have had previously had been bought by guests travelling out to India in 1902. The original owner, an indutrialist, quite probably attended the Durbar as a visitor. This is the best copy of this book we have had in several years and has the title on the front boat=rd in gilt: there are copies, perhaps a second printting, where that is blind stamped.

The Recipients of the Orders of the Star of India, Indian Empire & Crown of India 10069

Galloway, Peter: Exalted, Eminent and Imperial Honours of the Raj. Spink [London] 2014, 1st edition, large quarto [8.5 x 12ins]. 45 plates [1 to 4 images per plate], xxvi.851pp. Blue cloth gilt with pictorial dust wrapper, fine, new condition. This title deals exclusively and exhaustively with the three Indian Orders of Knighthood – the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, and the Imperial Order of the Crown of India. A large section of the book is devoted to a comprehensive list of the Grand Masters and Officers of the Orders of the Star of India and the Order of the Indian Empire. Here is chronological order of appointment is every recipient with precise date of award, position held, and usually their date of birth and death. This section is fully indexed and provides information in a form not easily accessible elsewhere in this useful format. The recipients of the Order of the Crown of India are also listed in the index with the date of award. That award was very limited in size and awarded only to women, typically royalty, wives of Viceroys, and some wives of Governors and senior Ruling Princes. Chapters of the Orders, when new appointments were often made, were held at each of the Durbars. An invaluable reference work.

Delhi Durbar 1903. Lord Curzon addressing the Durbar. By Bourne & Shepherd 07759

An unmounted photograph, the reverse with a blue oval stamp of the photographer Bourne & Shepherd, Calcutta. It shows the central shamiana with Lord Curzon and H R H Duke of Connaught standing with their wives a little behind them. Everyone is standing and this may be the occasion of the address, the highlanders in front of the dais are standing at ease. Faint vertical fold marks but in good condition. 11 x 7.5 Ins [287 x 190mm]

Delhi Durbar 1903. H. R .H. The Duke of Connaught's arrival on Durbar Day 10021

An unmounted photograph, by Bourne & Shepherd, Calcutta. It shows the Duke and Duchess of Connaught arriving at the shamiana to take their thrones, alighting from their carriage and four. The Dukes royal escort is drawn up, a squadron of the 9th Lancers [his old regiment] in front of the carriage and another of the 19th Bengal Lancers behind. The reverse bears the blue oval stamp of the photographer Bourne and Shepherd, Calcutta. Faint vertical fold marks but in good condition. 11 x 7.5 Ins [287 x 190mm].

DELHI DURBAR MEDAL for the 1903 Coronation Durbar 11023

An excellent example of the official medal struck to celebrate the Coronation Durbar of King Edward VII in 1903. It measures 1.5inches [38.5mm] and is struck in silver. This example is in excellent condition with just a couple of small areas of bruising to the rim visible on the reverse at 6 & 9 o'clock. It comes with a length of the correct pattern silk ribbon. The obverse shows the King Emperor's robed and crowned bust and uses the Persian style of DARBAR instead of the more usual English version of DURBAR. The reverse of the medal [which can be seen by clicking on the image] has a central Farsee inscription which reads "By grace of the Lord of the Realm, Edward, King, Emperor of India, 1901", that being the date of the King' accession. It was issued to officials, dignitaries and some officers and other ranks of military and police units on duty on the day. It was awarded fairly sparingly and 2567 are recorded as being issued compared with about 30,000 on the occasion of the 1911 Durbar. A similar medal was struck in gold and the 140 of these were given to royalty, the highest officials [Governors of Provinces etc], the Indian Rulers of princely states, and 18 special Government guests. Examples of the silver medal were given to most of the British figures who received gold ones but not to Indian Princes, although some of their relatives received silver silver ones. Unlike the case in 1911 this medal is quite different from the 1902 Coronation Medal which is considerably smaller and has the conjoined busts of Edward VII and Queen Alexandria. The awards to British and Indian officials and military were only given to those who attended the event and 386 were presented to Indian veterans of the Muitny of 1857 and 28 to European veterans. For interest the medal is shown on a scarce example of the Official Programme and Directory of the event [not currently listed on the website but it will be in due course].


The official medal struck for the Coronation Durbar of KIng George V and Queen Mary. It is struck in silver and is of identical size to the earlier 1903 medal, 1.5 inches [38.5mm]. The obverse shows the conjoined busts of the King and Queen in their coronation robes. There is no English inscription on either side but the reverse [to be seen by clicking on the image] has a Farsi inscription reading: "The Durbar of GeorgeV, Emperor of India, Master of the British Lands. " As in 1903 a gold issue of the medal was made and issued to high officials, royalty, and Indian Rulers. In this case 200 gold medals were awarded, the increase over the 140 of 1903 being accounted for by the much larger attendance at this occasion and the higher number of visiting royalty, etc. because of the presence of the King and Queen. The silver medal was struck in much greater numbers [about 30,000] and on this occasion about a third of that number was given to military personal of Indian and British forces for exemplary service even though they were not at Delhi on the occasion. As in the case of the 1903 medal they were all issued without naming although some were unofficially named later. The same obverse was used on the Coronation Medal although the reverse of that bore the royal cypher above the date on the reverse. In the event of someone having received the Coronation Medal and then being awarded the Durbar medal they in fact only received a bar DELHI to be worn on the ribbon. These bars are very scarce as only 140 were awarded. Unusully this example of the medal has regimentally engraved award details " 2040 2/4 G.R. " [presumably Gurkha Rifles].

Imperial Durbar, 12th December 1911. A printed panorama by Times of India Press 08665

The panorama is a good printed contemporary copy of the Bourne and Shepherd 3 part panorama [43 x 10ins over all] taken on Durbar day giving a splendid idea of the vast scale of the pageant. It was included in the Illustrated Weekly's special Durbar number. The King Emperor, George V and Queen Mary are seated on thrones in the smaller shamiana to the left edge of the panorama and a prince can be seen approaching the dais to be received by the Sovereign. Very clean condition with just the original two folds, a few very minor edge tears without loss. This item is not easy to find in clean condition and examples are sometimes to be found framed. It folds to a size of 14 x 10ins.

Delhi Durbar 1903. British cavalry in the State Entry procession, 29th December 1902. 11062

A loose photograph showing a double squadron of British cavalry riding through Delhi towards the Jamma Masjid. There is old writing on the back identifying the two officers in charge – Major Francis Blaney Lucas Woodwright [commanding the 4th Dragoon Guards] and Captain Charles Mackenzie Grogan commanding a double squadron. 10 x 7ins, somewhat faded. Both these officers had served on the North West Frontier in the Tirah Campaign under Lockhart.

Delhi Durbar 1903. Three elephants entering the arena 11063

Three richly caparisoned elephants are entering the arena, passing a stand where a sizeable group of photographers is working. The howdahs are not occupied by princes which suggests this was probably the rehearsal for the State Entry on 29th December 1903. The image, 11 x 8ins. is mounted on part of an old album leaf and a crack kin the card has caused a tear to the image from the upper right edge near the top of the stand although the tear does not reach as far as the elephants. There is no identification of the photographer but it is a very good, strong, professional, atmospheric image.

Delhi Durbar 1903. The building and running of the Light Railway with a large plan. 07763

Hepper, Capt H A L & Magniac, Lieut C L: THE LIGHT RAILWAY, DELHI CORONATION DURBAR, 1903. Royal Engineers Institiute [Chatham] 1904, 1st edition, Very large folding plan of Durbar camps showing military and civil camps with route of railway, folding plan of index of stations, folding plate of Kushalgarh-Kohat-Thal Railway 4 wheel engine, folding plate of military truck, folding drawing of Najafgarh Canal Bridge, folding plan of Kashmir Gate & Mori Gate stations, folding plan of Durbar Road Junction, 2 other folding plates, title page, pp127-177, 9 folding plates. Sold as a comlete volume : "Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers" Vol XXIX in which this is Paper V, Original green cloth gilt, a clean, bright copy, all plates neatly folded. There is an small but somewhat indistinct ownership signature of a R E Captain dated 1904 at the top o the title page. The massive nature of the 1903 Delhi Durbar merited four miles of double track railway and two short branches (Ampitheatre Branch and Review Branch) all constructed and run by the Royal Engineers with a company from Bengal and another from Bombay. The entire system was closed down and removed in just 23 days at the end of the Durbar, during which some 100,000 passenger tickets had been sold. Hepper describes the construction of the railway and Magniac (the Traffice Officer] describes the running of the system. The volume contains four other papers with plates including "Construction of the Connaught Bridge across the Swat River at Chakdara" [by Maj E Biddulph] and Notes on Platelaying on Light Railways by Native Labour in India" [by Maj U W Evans].

Delhi Durbar 1903. The Viceroy and Lady Curzon making a visit. 11067

The photograph measures 8 x 5ins and is unmounted. It shows Lord and Lady Curzon being greeted at the entrance to a tent. One of Curzon's aides stands at this left wearing a cocked hat.

Delhi Durbar 1903. The Viceroy's elephant before the State Entry 11069

A good portrait of "Lakshman", the large elephant loaned by the Maharaja of Benares for the Vicroy's use at the Delhi Durbar. The elaborate silver howday bears the royal arms which were used by the Viceroy whilst he was in office. The same Howdah uhad been used by Lord Lytton in 1877 and it is currently on loan and displayed at Kedleston Hall, the Curzons' ancestral seat in Derbyshire. The image measures8 x 9.5ins and is mounted on card, damaged with an old reverse repair across the extreme right lower corner. The reverse of the card has a contemporary letterpress label for another picutre which hasd been removed from the reverse. The moment the image captures is the wait at the railway station while the elephant procession assembles.

HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught. Biography including his times in India. 07775

Aston, Maj-Gen Sir George: HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT AND STRATHEARN. A Life and Intimate Study. Harrap [London] 1929 1st Edition. Portrait frontispiece, 4 other plates from photographs, 363pp. Original blue cloth, a few marks to boards but generally a very good copy, small marginal tear without loss to p105.. Several chapters deal with the Duke's Inidian career where he served in Bengal as a Major-General from 1883-86 and as a Lieutenant-General in Bombay from 1886 to 1890. In 1903 the Duke represented the new King, Edward VII, at the great Coronation Durbar in Delhi. In 1910 the Duke represented the king in South africa and in 1911 he became Governor-General on Canada. He also served in Ireland. The Duke was the last surviving son of Queen Victoria and often represented his brother, Edward VII and nephew, George V. He was married to a Prussian Princess. .To view other items on this subject please visit our website - = and visit the Showroom Delhi Durbars and Royal Tours.

Delhi Coronation Durbar, Dec 12th 1911. Royal Pavilion 08573

A good large well toned photograph on an old card album leaf. It is titled in a neat hand “Their Imperial Majesties the King Emperor and Queen Empress on Their Thrones in the Royal Pavilion”. The viewpoint from which the image is taken is the east side of the central dais where the Royal Highlanders are drawn up as the guard, wearing gilts and white tropical helmets. The photograph measures just over 11 x 7ins [285 x 185mm]. On the reverse of the card are two further images, each approx 8 x 5.5ins, one showing the King Emperor announcing the well kept secret that the capital of India was to be moved to Delhi from Calcutta and the other showing the King and Queen returning to the golden domed shamiana. These two images have the impressed credit of Bourne & Shepherd. The large image is probably by the same photographer but we cannot see their mark.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Post card showing the King & Queen presenting themselves to the People. 00001127

" Coronation Durbar, Delhi. The King Emperor and Queen Empress presenting themselves to their people". A good photographic postcard by J Beagles & Co, Lonond E.C. The King and Queen, escorted by their Indian pages, are shown moving towards the balcony where in the Red Fort where they were to show themselves to the people during the Garden Party on Wednesday 13th December, the day following the Durbar itself. Although we have and havde had many postcards of the Durbar this is one we have not seen before. It is in good clean condition and just has a small contemporary inscription on the reverse "For Teddy". The price includes UK postage, overseas airmail to be added at cost.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Iinvitation to join the Rajputana Agent to the Governor General's Camp 11091

A hand written invitation to Mr & Mrs H C Sanders to join the Rajputana Camp at the Delhi Durbar, 7th to 16th December 1911. It is addressed from the Residency at Abu and dated 30th May 1911, showing the lengthy planning that took place for the Coronation Durbar. The quarto folded writing paper is embossed with Rajputana Agency arms in red and the Sanders' acceptance is copied and initialled at the head. Mr H C Sanders and Mrs Sanders are listed among the 20 guests in the camp in the 1911 Durbar Directory. Henry Charles Sanders was the Superintending Engineer in Rajputana.

Delhi Coronation Durbar, 1911. Views of the King Emperor’s Camp 08467

An old album sheet with four images of the Camp on one side, each approximately 5.5 x 3.5ins and on the other side three further photographs, one the same size showing the Government of India Camp and two slightly large [6.5 x 5.5ins] showing the Kingsway Arch and a general view of the Camps from The Ridge. The camps were on vast scale and in the King’s Camp the central royal apartments were a pretty substantial looking temporary palace.

Delhi Durbar 1911. miniature medal in silver 00001137

A good contemporary example of a miniature 1911 Delhi Durbar medal on a generous length of more modern ribbon. Miniature medals are worn by commissioned and non commissioned officers with mess dress and by anyone awarded the full sized medals in evening dress.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Post card of the Bengal Camp. 11113

A good black and white postcard of the front of the Bengal Camp, embossed on the back with the badge and title of the Bengal Camp. For more postcards of this event please see the catalogue section dor a small collection.

Maharaja of Patiala on His Elephant at the State Entry, 1903 Delhi Durbar 07900

A very clean example of one of the cards produced for the 1903 Durbar by Girdwood "By Royal Command to their Imperial Majesties King George and Queen Mary, overall size 7 x 3.5ins []18 x 9cm]. The two photographs clearly show the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, seated in the silver howdah of his elephant. He wears Indian court dress with his usual array of medals and orders. The Maharaja is shown emerging through the Delhi Gate in the State Entry Procession. The two photographs, each perfect in its own right, are taken at slightly different angles and when viewed through a stereoscope they create a very convincing three dimensional effect.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Coronation Review of Troops on 14th December 08575

Four small photographs [5.5 x 3.5ins] on both sides of half an old card album leaf. One shows the King Emperor arriving on horseback with the royal standard bearing in front and the other on that side shows the Inniskilling Dragoons riding past. The other two photographs are not captioned but both are taken from a viewing stand an and over the tropical helmets one can see Horse Artillery guns passing

A Gentleman of Rajasthan wearing Indian Title Badges and the 1911 Durbar Medal 11124

A large and handsome photographic portrait in generally good condition, 10.5 x 14ins [27 x 35cm]. The formal studio portrait shows a gentleman full length seated in an Anglo Indian chair, wearing Indian court dress with several ropes of pearls and jewels, heavy ankle bracelets and western evening dress patent leather shoes. He wears the Delhi Durbar medal for the 1911 Coronation Durbar together with two Indian Title Badges. The latter badges were tangible indications of honours bestowed by the British giving the holder honorific titles such as Rao Bahadur, Khan Bahadur, or Sardar Bahadur which would be added to his name. They took the form of a five pointed crowned star with the title in enamel. Unlike British Orders the award of a higher grade of title did not seem to lead to the wearing of the higher grade alone: hence the two badges here. A record of all such awards made at the time of the 1911 Durbar are given in "Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India in 1911" published by John Murray. We cannot be sure of the name of the sitter but some research remains a possibility. The close fitting headdress is a type of turban seen in some Rajasthani states such Kota and Jodhpur. The portrait has very minor damage at the edges and is mounted on the original two colour photographer's card - without a name remaining. It is now loosely fastened in a modern window mount.

Printed commemorative postcard of Lord Curzon by The Parole Maxim Co of Bombay 00001131

An unusual postcard printed in blue with a portrait of the Viceroy and Vicereine. It has been postally used [one date stamp is 23rd August 1906 Jaipur City. The verso has a message written in an Indian script. There is a vertical fold to the card.

Lady Curzon, wife of the Viceroy. She wears the peacock dress, Delhi 1903 08148

A very fine full length portrait of the Vicereine Lady Curzon by the Albert Jeakins Studio of Simla. Lady Curzon is shown seated, wearing the famous peacock dress, magnificent tiara and jewels, and the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India. The photograph is on photographer's card and bears the impressed studio mark of Jeakins lower left, approx 9 x 12ins [22 x 30cm]. The photograph is in excellent condition although it has been trimmed a little to fit a frame. The American Mary Leiter was the beautiful and talented daughter of a Chicago millionaire philanthropist. After a long engagement during Curzon's period of exhaustive Asian travel they married and had three daughters. The peacock dress survives and is now on display at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The Curzon family home is now largely managed by the National Trust.

Royal Tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1905-1906 00000942

JOHNSTON & HOFFMAN’S ROYAL TOUR SOUVENIR ALBUM. INDIA 1905-1906. Containing a complete Pictorial Record of all the Principal Events in the Royal Tour of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales. First Edition. Johnston & Hoffmann (Calcutta) 1906. Printed by Cassell & Co Ltd London. Oblong quarto [10 x 8ins]. Coloured double portrait frontispiece of the Prince in naval uniform and the Princess in tiara, 192pp of good printed photo illustrations and index. Original red cloth gilt, the front board with gilt blocked elaborate title and devices of the order of the Star of India and the Prince of Wales's crest, all edges gilt, minor wear and a few marks to boards [mainly the rear], front paper hinge has split and it looks as though the text block has been re-glued to the spine but a decent, sound, copy, later inscription to front free endpaper [from Mrs Edwards, 29th January 1949]. The best small pictorial work [well produced on good quality art paper] on this important tour of India and Burma by the Prince of Wales, whose happy memories of it were in no small part responsible for his return to India in 1911 as George V and King Emperor for the spectacular Delhi Coronation Durbar and tour. The number of pages devoted to pictorial representation of places visited, recorded by one of India's leading photgraphic studios, is as follows: Bombay (6), Indore (4), Udaipur (2), Jaipur (7), Bikanir (4), Lahore (10), Peshawar (5), Jammu (5), Amritsar (3), Delhi (9), Agra (6), Gwalior (10), Lucknow (5), Calcutta (29), Rangoon (7), Mandalay 8), Madras (17), Bangalore (5), Hyderabad (15), Benares (10), Nepal (1), Quetta 10), Karachi (8). As well as views in the cities there are numerous images of special events and people connected with the tour: military groups, processions, durbars, portraits of Indian Princes, local inhabitants, the Prince hunting, etc.

Delhi Durbar 1911. Carved entrance to the camp of the Maharaja of Kashmir. Vintage photo 08207

Delhi Durbar 1911. The carved Kashmiri screen work surrounding the camp of the Maharaja of Kashmir during the Imperial Coronation Durbar. Two photographs by Bourne & Shepherd. One 11 x 7ins image shows the pierced screen and a small pavilion [perhaps a guard post]; that on the reverse, 11 x 8ins shows one of the huge gate posts at the entrance to the camp, elaborately carved and including the Maharaja’s coat of arms. The photographs are back to back on an old album leaf with manuscript descriptions – one noting that the whole structure took only three months to carve. This was one of the most elaborate camps and shows the amazing scale of an event which only lasted a few weeks, after which these temporary structures were removed. This comes from an album which had no clear provenance and from which all the leaves had become detached. Each photograph bears the blind stamped mark of Bourne and Shepherd to the right lower edge. When you click on the photo please ignore the central image shown is from another entry.

Delhi Durbar. State Entry on 7th December. King Emperor and Queen Empress 08208

Delhi Durbar 1911. The State Entry during the Imperial Coronation Durbar showing Their Imperial Majesties on the 7th December. Two photographs [probably by Bourne & Shepherd] on the same album page, the left hand one showing Queen Mary riding in an open landau with her ladies in waiting, the other showing King George V on horseback followed immediately by Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy of India. The Imperial Cadet Corps are escorting the royal party as they turn past the steps of the Jama Masjid. These photographs are on an old album leaf with manuscript descriptions. The reverse of the card leaf has two general images of the presentation of regimental colours which took place on 11th December on the polo ground. This leaf comes from an album which had no clear provenance and from which all the leaves had become detached. The two presentation photographs have the blind stamp of Bourne and Shepherd and the others are probably by the same renowned photographer. The King had declined the opportunity to ride on an elephant [the traditional mode of transport for a king in India] and his appearance on a horse led to confusion amongst some of the onlookers who found him indistinguishable from other high officials and officers on horseback.

Commemorative medal for the 1911 Delhi Durbar 11220

A small white metal medal, 30mm in diameter, pierced at the top with a hanging ring and with a length of narrow green silk ribbon. The obverse bears the conjoined bust of George V and Queen Mary in profile facing right; the reverse has a decorative wreath with an imperial crown above the large date 12th DECEMBER 1911. Although we have not found a reliable reference to this medal it was probably struck in India and the date is the precise day of the Durbar. The medal has the look and weight of silver but is probably some sort of alloy: it is not like the very cheaply produced white metal medals found in Britain for schoolchildren , etc.

Imperial Tour of India in connection with the Delhi Durbar, 1911. A fine large album of photos 00001106

A large oblong folio album containing 208 original photographs [mainly 6 x 4ins, 155 x 111mm] mounted four to each side of the album leaves, each with a letterpress description pasted beneath it. The album, measuring 17½ x 12 ins [445 x 315mm], is bound in full padded red leather with the title as above gilt blocked to the upper board. It shows signs of wear but is quite sound and has been professionally re-backed at some time with most of the original spine laid down. Although there are no previous ownership marks the album was almost certainly prepared for a member of the Royal Party travelling to India on H.M.S. Medina and the images are by the royal photographer Ernest Brooks* who had much more intimate access to the party and events than almost any other professional photographer. That the album contains a large number of photographs of the tiger hunting visit to Nepal further indicates that the owner was probably a member of the King's suite, perhaps an ADC. During that part of the tour the Queen was elsewhere and her separate activities are not recorded by this photographer. This is an extremely useful pictorial record of the visit with many photographs that are not published in the standard books or encountered in other albums. We have never come across another example of this particular album [although we have handled this one before]. The photographs are as follows: Departure from Portsmouth [2]; escorting battleships photographed from HMS Medina; Port Said with TIM, the Khedive of Egypt, Lord Kitchener, &c [2]; life on board - deck games, informal group portraits, &c [15]; Bombay including the royal barge procession [4]; Delhi and the Coronation Durbar, including Maharajas in open carriages visiting the King Emperor, reviews, a rare view of a fire in the camp, portraits, &c [46]; inspecting the Arrah Light Horse, , tiger and rhino hunting with the Maharaja of Nepal [50]; leaving Nepal [2]; royal boat crossing the Ganges; official duties in Calcutta [17]; on the royal train Calcutta -Nagpur - Bombay [8]; Port Sudan including tribesmen and portraits of Lord Crewe & Lord Charles Fitzmaurice, Hon Sir David Keppel & Capt Faussett RN on camels [14]; on board HMS Medina - royal rooms, &c [4]; Malta with illuminated battleships [2]; the last few pages are filled with additional images that are out of sequence - hunting in Nepal [6], portraits [4], HMS Exmouth saluting the royal barge, royal heralds and attendants, Delhi [2], view of Delhi camp, review in Gibraltar, arrival at Portsmouth. Thanksgiving at St Paul's. The photographs seem personally selected and reflect the chief interests of the time. The large number of good images of the hunting expeditions in the Nepal Terai is particularly notable and they include many of the King shooting from the elephant howdah, kills, loading tigers on to pack elephants, shooting lunches, and include named individuals such as Gen Sir Horace Smith Dorrien, the Duke of Teck, the Maharaja of Nepal, etc. Many other key individuals are mentioned in the captions including the ladies attending Queen Mary, the Viceroy Lord Hardinge, Indian Princes, etc. The photographer has had perhaps a unique opportunity to record the relaxed life of the royal party on board ship and the Durbar section includes much that is not seen in the standard large format prints that fill most albums. There are five interesting images of princes in their silver mounted carriages [Patiala, Benares, Bilaspur, Jind, and Nawanagar] and there are several other attractive images of rulers [Bikaner with his heir, Bharatpur, Bhopal] together with a particularly good double portrait of the Hon ADCs HH Ganga Singh Maharaja of Bikaner and HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh. " Ernest Brooks [1875 - 1957] grew up in Windsor Great Park where his father worked. As a opportunity to youth he looked after the pony which Lord Kitchener had given to Queen Victoria. He became e photographer to the King and as such accompanied the royal party on their India Tour where he had the opportunity to take numerous personal views in locations which were not available to some of the large commercial photographers.

Delhi Durbar 1911. King & Queen showing themselves to the people from the Red Fort, 13 Dec. 08210

Delhi Durbar 1911. A very good photograph of the King Emperor George V and Queen Mary on the occasion of the State Garden Party on 13th December 1911. They are wearing their coronation robes and crowns and appearing on a balcony on the walls of the Red Fort showing themselves to the people below. This was a very important event showing regard for the old Indian tradition of a ruler showing himself to his people. The photograph measures 6.5 4.5ins [16 x12cm] and is pasted to an old album leaf with attractive contemporary manusctipt title and description. Although there is no blind stamp we believe this to be the work of Bourne & Shepherd. The reverse of the card has four smaller images, each 4.5 x 3.5ins. Three of these are views of spectators on 14th December at the Review of 50,000 troops; the other shows marines [Blue Jackets] drawn up on the review ground and several photographers - some balanced on high ladders or stands. The photographs are back to back on an old album leaf with manuscript descriptions.

Imperial Tour of India in connection with the Delhi Durbar, 1911. Speech at Calcutta., 30th Dec. 08211

An interesting photograph showing the KIng Emperor reading his speech from a throne on the pavilion erected at Prinsep's Ghat in Calcutta, 6 x 4.5ins. A similar image appears in the Historical Record ofg the Imperial Visit to India but that shows the King standing either and does not capture the precise time of the speech. Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy of India, stands to the King's right and some other figures , such as Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh, can be identified. This was a rather poignant moment in Calcutta as only two weeks before at the Delhi Durbar the King had made the announcement that the capital of British India was to be removed to Delhi: this had been one of the best kept secrets of the era and had come as an unwelcome shock to the "second city of the Empire". The image is pasted to an old album card along with a smaller image at the same place showing the receipt of presentations. These are well captioned in contemporary manuscript inscriptions. The reverse has a single photograph, 6.5 x 5ins, showing the King and Queen at the State Departure from Delhi on 16th December. They are in an open carriage and four with the usual escorting officials and cavalry. None of these images is marked but they are most probably by Bourne and Shepherd.

Delhi Durbar 1911. A five part panoramic photograph of the amphitheatre. 11227

The panorama of the Durbar ceremony is composed of five photographs, each measuring 7½ x 10½ ins, professionally joined to form a single view of the extensive and hugely impressive scene as a prince marches up the steps to pay homage to the King Emperor. The vast scale of this Durbar, the only one which saw the presence of a reigning sovereign, can be interestingly compared with the earlier 1903 event by viewing this panorama against the one reproduced in Tallboys Wheeler’s book on the 1903 Durbar. One gets a good idea of the enormous number of troops present as well as the much extended arena. The panorama has been rolled and has a later protective cardboard tube: there are a few minor edge chips and small areas of damage including one piece of surface area which is loose on the left hand plate. Overall the image is a little faded but better than usually found and it is now rather hard to find this panorama in its complete form.

Delhi Durbar 1911. The King Emperor and his Military Secretary in full dress. 00000917

A stereoscopic card with photographs of George V with Brigadier General Sir R Grimston, each wearing full dress uniform with medals, swords and plumed tropical helmets, the King wearing the sash of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. Numerous other officers and soldiers are in the background. Each photograph measures approximately 3x3 inches. They are mounted on the grey card of H D Girdwood. Excellent clean condition. These stereoscopic cards often capture less formal moments when the participants are not formally posed or taking part in a set piece event.

Signed Photographs of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, 1890 00000918

A good pair of cabinet card portraits by P Vuccino & Co, Bombay [6½ x 4¼ins], that of the Duke with the card slightly trimmed along the lower edge and each with some old brown paper adhering to the edges of the reverse. Each is signed on the photograph, that of the Duke Arthur, April 1890 and that of the Duchess Louise Margaret, April 1890. These photographs were taken at the end of the Duke’s period in command of the Bombay Army to which he had been appointed in 1886. Prince Arthur, third and favourite son of Queen Victoria, was born in 1850 and lived until 1942, not retiring from public life until the age of 78. He always had a strong interest in and empathy for India where he was to return representing his brother King Edward VII at the 1903 Durbar and on later occasions when he toured India in the 1920s. In his portrait he wears the sash and star of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, having been created a Knight Grand Commander in 1877 on the occasion of the assumption of the title of Empress of India by Queen Victoria. Although that area of her photograph is rather faded, the Duchess wears the Imperial Order of the Crown of India with which she was invested in 1879 at the early age of 18.

Calcutta during the Imperial Coronation Tour of India 1911-12 08470

An old card album leaf with four photographs [each approximately 5.5.x 3.5ins, showing scenes in Calcutta captioned and dated December 30th / 31st 1911. One image shows the Reception Pavilion with two thrones awaiting the arrival of Their Imperial Majesties and another [somewhat blurred] shows TIM driving to Church in an open landau. The other two feature the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, one particularly attractive portrait showing the young ruler with a cavalry officer and a political officer. The other side of the card has a large image [12.5 x 87.5ins] entitled “Decorations in the Red Road on the occasion of Their Imperial Majesties Visit Dec 30th to Jan 8th 1911 – 1912”. On this occasion there are crowds waiting behind barriers and in the distance a lone motor car moves along the road. Some of the animated photographs like those of Cooch Behar are probably not professional and therefore much less likely to be found again.

History of the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1903 08319

HISTORY OF THE DELHI CORONATION DURBAR HELD ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY 1903 TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII EMPEROR OF INDIA. Compiled from official papers by order of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. John Murray [London] 1904. 1st edition folio [13 x 10.5ins]. Plan of the Amphitheatre, plate illustrating the Durbar medal, folding panorama of the Durbar [equivalent to 4 pages], large folding seating plan, large folding coloured plan of the camps, 30 full page photogravure portraits by Walker & Cockerell after various photographers, 18 full page half tone illustrations form photographs, xiv, 347pp. All plates etc fully collated and correct, all photogravures retain their original tissue guards. Original red cloth gilt, top edges gilt, spine very faded and worn at the head, boards with royal arms etc in gilt rather brighter than usual, hinges sound [it is a very over-heavy book which needs careful handling], internally excellent. with just a few pencil remarks by the original owner. Interesting presentation inscription on a part printed slip pasted to the front free endpaper "Sent by Order of the Government of India to Mr H Groves, Chief Engineer (Retired] Public works Department, August 1904". A good large group photograph is pasted to the front pastedown -presumably including H Groves but we cannot identify the sitters.This work is the most comprehensive contemporary record and far superior to modern reprints because of the quality of the illustrations, particularly the photogravures, which are printed on heavier paper. The portraits are not the most obvious subjects and include interesting representatives from distant areas [Kalat, the Shan States, Nepal, etc]. as well as the expected Indian rulers and very high British officials. A particularly nice association copy and in the best overall condition we have seen in the last five years. This book is not easily found in good condition: its great weight often leads to its being badly shaken, the binding cloth is not the strongest, and the photogravure plates and panorama have often fallen victim to removal A few other illustrations from this work are shown in the Gallery section..

DURBAR SOUVENIR 1911-12 08339

46 pages of titled printed photo images of scenes at the Coronation Durbar scenes on the subsequent Royal Tour of India, and a folding (five section) panorama of the central scene of the Royal Shamiana and assembled masses printed on the reverse with a further four images. Original thin card covers printed with title and with a mounted coloured royal coat of arms, original cord tie, some of the prints are single tinted in blue, brown or green. The original cord fastening, minor chipping to extreme edges of overlapping covers but a much better than is usually the case and the folding panorama remains clean and complete without the tears or repairs often found.. Although now a useful reference for the great Coronation Durbar this was a very ephemeral and rather cheaply produced little work which seldom survives its century very well.

AT DELHI. A contemporary journalist's reporting on the 1903 Delhi Durbar 08338

Fraser, Lovat: AT DELHI. Times of India Press [Bombay] 1903, 1st edition octavo [v], 214pp. Original pale blue cloth gilt, a clean, genrally bright copy with just a little fading to the spine, wlthough the gilt remains bright, internally clean with no prevous ownership marks. This work, although it has no illustrations, provides very vivid contemporary accounts of all the major events of the Durbar weeks. It comprises narratives wriitten for the Times of India, mainly by Fraser. I have always found this a most readable account of events and this is the cleanest copy coime across in recent years

The Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India 1911. Compiled from the Official Records . 08568

The Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India 1911. Compiled from the Official Records Under the Orders of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. John Murray [London] 1914, 1st Edition 4to [9 x 11.5ins]. Folding coloured durbar plan, 3 other plans, 9 coloured plates], 2 photogravure portrait plates (Lord and Lady Hardinge), 155 illustrations form photographs, 52 coloured illuminated head tail pieces, xii, 457pp. Original blue cloth gilt, spine faded, loss of colour to front edges of both boards, boards otherwise bright, a very good firm copy, text block firm, tissue guards retained where required, large plan neatly folded, an excellent working copy. The best and most lavishly illustrated work of reference and record on the great Coronation Durbar of 1911, the publication delayed after the event by the degree of detail included. After the narrative account, written in what now seems a rather reverential tone, the appendices [pp283-420] record speeches, details of events, lists of those attending ceremonies, chapters of orders, etc. The almost 'blow by blow' accounts of ceremonies and events in camp and on tour, when read in conjunction with the masses of photographic illustration bring the events of this iconic tour to life. We have checked the complicated lists of illustrations carefully to ensure that they are all present.

Imperial Tour 1911-12. Admission ticket to Calcutta Races on 3rd January 1912 00001105

The ticket, printed on salmon pink card, admitted the bearer to the Grand Enclosure on 3rd January. It measures 90 x 70mm with cut corners. There is a crease across the lower right corner. It is numbered 25. The Royal Party spent New Year and the first week of January 1912 in Calcutta following the Delhi Durbar.