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This showroom offers photographs of Indian rulers and princes together with some other items. You may also wish to look at the showroom dealing with Delhi Durbars and Royal Tours where there will be other images and books including princes. By clicking on an image you will see a larger version and usually one or two further images. To enquire about any item please e-mail batesandhindmarch@gmail.com or ring 07966 176839. LAST UPDATED 27th January 2018

GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior with F.M. Sir Philip Chetwode, Commander in Chief India. An ori 06868

GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior with F.M. Sir Philip Chetwode, Commander in Chief India. An original photograph, late 1930s. A good original double portrait by Diaz Studios showing the Maharaja "George" Jayaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior with the Commander in Chief India, Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode (later 1st Baron Chetwode). The men are shown full length in service dress uniform with riding jodhpurs and boots, Scindia wearing a turban and Chetwode a solar topi. The Maharaja was named George after King George V and his family were one of the staunchest supporters of the British Crown in India. Chetwode was an ex-cavalryman who served in the 19th Hussars and was later colonel of that regiment as well as of the Royal Scots Greys. The photograph is unmounted and measures 8 x 10ins [20 x 25cm].

£90.00
PALANPUR. Nawab Sir Sher Mohammad Khan, G.C.I.E, Diwan of Palanpur. 10019

A good studio portrait of the Nawab, circa 1898, seated and wearing the robe of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of India together with the star and chain, holding a sword in one hand and a scroll in the other, perhaps the grant of his GCIE which took place in 1898.The photograph, 5.5 x 7.5ins visible area [14 x 19cm] is mounted on photographer’s card, cut down and chipped at edges, now in a plain card window mount. Palanpur was an eleven gun salute state but the Nawab had a personal salute of thirteen guns.

£175.00
MALER KOTLA. The Nawab of Maler Kotla in Indian Court Dress, circa 1912, by Fred Bremner 07420

A very striking photographic portrait in excellent condition, mounted on original paper and card mounts with photographer's studio marks of Fred Bremner, image size 11.5 x 9ins [29 23cm]. The Nawab was the ruler of a small Muslim 11 gun salute state close to Patiala in the Punjab, very loyal to the crown and a provider of troops to assist the British in several conflicts. He is shown bust length wearing a turban and British style tunic with cut steel or silver buttons similar to those worn on English court dress. He wears the breast star of a Knight Grand Commander the Most Exalted Star of India and also a CSI and the Durbar Medals for both 1903 and 1911.

£175.00
MALER KOTLA. Photographic portrait of the Nawab in military uniform, circa 1911. 10009

A very striking photographic portrait in rather damaged condition, mounted on original double paper mounts with photographer's studio imprint of Fred Bremner, Simla & Lahore, image size 7.5 x 11ins [19 x 28cm]. The Nawab was the ruler of a small Muslim 11 gun salute state close to Patiala in the Punjab, very loyal to the crown and a provider of troops to assist the British in several conflicts. He is shown full length wearing a turban and British style military service dress uniform worn with sam browne belt jodhpurs and riding boots, leaning on a stick. He wears the medal ribbons of the Most Exalted Star of India and the Durbar Medals for both 1903 and 1911. His uniform is that of an artillery honorary lieutenant in the British Army: he was promoted to Major following his later wartime service.

£110.00
GWALIOR. The Maharaja with the Amir of Afghanistan at the Royal Visit of 1907 07682

GWALIOR. The Maharaja of Gwalior with the Amir of Afghanistan reviewing troops during the Amir’s royal visit of 1907. The photograph, 8 x 5.5ins [20.5 x 14cm] with arched top, mounted on an old piece of album card, shows the mounted Amir Habibullah Khan in general’s uniform wearing his typical astrakhan cap. Alongside is the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior whose troops he is reviewing. The flag flying by the shamiana is that of Gwalior, easily identified by the serpent device it incorporated. This event took place during the Amir’s State Visit to Agra in 1905 where Lord Minto held a great Durbar. The Amir had failed to respond favourably to Curzon’s invitation to the 1903 Durbar but had so enjoyed himself at Agra that it was almost difficult to get him to return to Afghanistan.

£35.00
BAHAWALPUR. The Nawab of Bahawalpur at the time of the 1903 Delhi Durbar 07550

A very good portrait, probably by Bourne and Shepherd, taken at the time of the Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1903, organised by the Viceroy Lord Curzon. The photograph, 6.75 x 9ins [17 x 23cm] and in excellent, clean condition, is recently mounted on this card. At first sight this resembles the more commonly seen full length portrait of the Nawab to be found in books like Sorabji or Prior & Adamson: Maharajas’ Jewels [Assouline (Paris 2000)] but the coat, equally splendid, is quite different, as is the magnificent diamond encrusted headdress. The vastly wealthy rulers of this largest Muslim state in the Punjab traced their ancestry from Abbas through the Kaliphs of Cairo and Baghdad. The 17 gun salute state is now in Pakistan. The confident pose of the curly haired Nawab shows him posing against some of the glass furniture of which Indian rulers were so fond, much of it produced by F & Osler: this would suggest that this photograph was perhaps taken in a palace rather than a photographer’s studio.

£300.00
KOLHAPUR & GWALIOR. The Maharaja of Kolhapur reading an address at Gwalior, late 1930s. 10015

H. H. Sir Rajaram Chatrapati Bahadur, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. is standing and reading a speech while the Maharaja of Gwalior remains seated on a throne to his side. Kolhapur wears the sash of the Order of the Star of India and medals for the Silver Jubilee of George V and Coronation of George VI. The Maharaja of Kolhapur had married a princess from Gwalior. An unmounted image, 14 x 7.5 ins [35 x 18cm] taken by Dias Studios of Bombay.

£45.00
DHOLPUR & GWALIOR. The Rulers of the two states with a young prince 10014

A very good and attractive triple portrait of Indian princes in the late 1930s showing the Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior, seated, wearing full dress uniform as commander in chief of the Imperial Forces of Gwalior. To his right, also seated is the Maharaj-rana of Dholpur and between them is a young prince, possibly the heir apparent of Dholpur. The unmounted portrait by Dias Studios of Bombay is 8 x 10ins [20 x 26cm], in excellent condition: there are small areas of old paper in the corners of the verso where it has been stuck into an album.

£200.00
HUTWA. The young Maharaja of Hutwa, by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta, circa 1900. 10003

Raja Guru Mahadevesram Prosad Sari of Hutwa, a large princely state in Bihar on the Nepal border [sometimes called Husseypore and now in Uttar Pradesh]. The formal studio portrait by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta is in fine condition and measures 7 x 9ins [18 x 23cm], mounted on the photographer’s card [lacking the lower right corner but leaving substantial borders]. Hutwa was ruled by Brahmins of the same group as the Maharaja of Benares. This photograph was taken about 1900: the young prince succeeded his father in 1896 at the age of three and he is shown here in an already confident pose, wearing splendid costume and jewels. The distinctive headdress has the usual heavily jewelled sarpech ornament with egret’s feathers denoting his royal status. Literature: E Jaiwant Paul: The Unfogettable Maharajas [New Holland (UK) Ltd 2004] page 52. See the catalogues saleroom for an album of photographs of the Hutwa Marriage.

£750.00
GWALIOR. Lieut General H. H. Sir Madho Rao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior, by Vandyk, London. 06870

A particularly fine portrait showing the Maharaja in full dress uniform, including the aiguilette he wore as one of the five honorary Indian aides de camp to the King Emperor King George V. He is also wearing the gold issue of the Kaisar i Hind [Emperor of India] medal and the star and chain with badge [GCSI] of the senior Indian order of knighthood, the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. Over his uniform he wears the mantle of the same order which was of pale blue silk. The image is within a window mount and is ideal for framing, visible area of portrait 9 x 11ins. The photograph was taken by Vandyk of London, the fashionable portrait photographers of the time who were much favoured by Indian rulers and other royalty. The reverse of the old card on which the portrait is mounted has another image of the Maharaja in a suit and turban which has been offset from another photograph when they have been in an album.

£350.00
GWALIOR & PARTABGARH. The Maharajas reviewing a guard of honour in the late 1930s 11216

GWALIOR. A good image showing the Maharaja of Gwalior [left] saluting the standard whilst reviewing his troops with a visiting prince, the Maharawat of Partabgarh, late 1930s. They are preceded by two of the Scindia's aides de camp as they pass along the lines of infantry from the State Forces of Gwalior. The photograph measures 10 x 6ins and has small marks on the verso where it has been tipped to an old album page.

£55.00
RATLAM. H.H. The Maharaja of Ratlam, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I., K.C.V.O 06877

A full length photographic portrait of Sir Sajjan Singhji in the robes of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire, together with insignia of the Order of the Star of India and the Royal Victorian Order. He became Maharaja in 1893 and served in France in the 1914-18 War, being mentioned in despatches, and in Afghanistan in 1919. He was made an ADC to the King Emperor in 1936 and attended the coronation the following year. The image, 9 x 13ins [23 x 33cm] is mounted on photographer’s card and in a recent window mount.

£250.00
RATLAM, Maharaja Sir Sajji Singh, K.C.S.I. in the uniform of The Imperial Cadet Corps 06874

The prince wears the distinctive white uniform of the Imperial Cadet Corps and wears the insignia of a KCSI and the 1903 Durbar medal. The portrait, 10 x 13.5ins [26 x 34cm] is on a trimmed photographer’s card and in a recent window mount. There are a few small ink stains at the bottom right corner but although this image is rather faded the studio portrait brilliantly captures the assured confidence of the ruler of the time. The Raja of Rampur is listed as one of the five ruling princes in the 23 strong Imperial Cadet Corps at Delhi in 1903, the others being Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Rampur, and Dholpu. Ratlam was recognised as the leading Rajput state of Malwa.

£250.00
BENARES. A signed photograph of the Maharaja of Benares, 1932 10023

A well toned photograph, 15 x 21cm, signed top right 'Aditya Narain, 1932'. The maharaja was born in 1874 and succeeded in 1931. He wears court dress with a distinctive jewelled headress with sarpech and turra. The photograph has been trimmed a little unevenly to fit a frame.

£200.00
GWALIOR. An association copy of "Gwalior's Part in the War", signed by the Maharaja. 10027

Rafiullah, Mohammad: GWALIOR'S PART IN THE WAR. Published by Authority 1920, quarto [printed by Hazell, Watson, & Viney Ltd of London & Aylesbury]. Frontispiece portrait & 47 other photogravure plates with tissue guards and separate page titles [most with a single illustration but a few with two, xiv, 175pp. Original decorative red cloth gilt, the front board blocked with the Maharaja's arms, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, faded overall but in completely sound condition, the contents very clean. Presentation signature of Maharaja Scindia dated 1922. This copy of the book was given on the occasion of the Prince of Wales's visit to Gwalior during his Tour of India and bears the armorial bookplate of Sir Godfrey Thomas on the front pastedown. Thomas was the Private Secretary to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales [later EdwardVIII] on his 1921-22 tour and was awarded a C.S.I. for his work on it. The princely state of Gwalior was a strong supporter of Britain and the book recounts the large financial and military resources that were placed at the Empire's disposal during the First World War. Whenever royalty or Viceroys visited Gwalior they were entertained lavishly and the Maharajas' tiger hunts were particularly popular with the British.

£350.00
JIND. H H Sir Ranbir Singh, Maharaja of Jind. A Vintage Early 20th Century photographic print. 08570

The studio portrait by an unidentified photographer shows the ruler full length with one hand resting on a chair back and the other on the hilt of a tulwar. It is mounted on a piece of old album card. Ranbir Singh was born in 1879, succeded in 1887 and ruled until the end of the British period. There is a 50mm crease or possibly repaired tear rising to the carpet to the in the left lower corner, not affecting the maharaja himself. This is shown in one of the photographs

£280.00
HUTWA. Hutwa - Manjha Marriage 1910. A large album of photographs by Jhnston & Hoffmann, Calcutta 07090

The album is complete and in original condition, containing a printed title page [HUTWA-MANJHA MARRIAGE 1910] and 23 large photographs mounted one to a facing page only, sizes varying but generally 9.5 x 10.5 ins or 7.5 x 12ins and similar. The photographs remain in good well toned condition some offsetting to facing pages. Bound in original untitled maroon leather gilt, some wear and the rear top corner affected by worming, which extends in to the last blank pages and the second half of the photograph pages with a very few small pin sized holes in the plates (often just one or two), no worm holes in the first half of the album which includes all the major portrait plates. This was the second Hutwa marriage in two years. In 1908 Maharaja Guru Mahadevesram Prosad Sari (who had succeeded his father at the age of three in 1896) had married the sister of the Maharaja of Manjha [an album of smaller pictures of that marriage was sold in the Christie's Visions of India Sale in 1998] but on this occasion it appears to be the Maharaja of Manjha marrying a princess of the Hutwa family. The photographs (from the front) comprise: the two maharajas seated with a retainer, Manjha standing with a retainer, a similar portrait, the two maharajas with young brothers, a larger group portrait of extended family and sirdars, the maharajas with principal guests [European and Indian], the bride in a palanquin with retainers, etc (4), the elephant procession with lancers, troops, retainers and crowds (4), a line of fourteen waiting elephants with mahouts, the great marriage elephant with ceremonial howdah, a shamiana, views of the palace and grounds (4). Finding these albums complete is increasingly difficult as they have often been raided for the more exciting or valuable images. As is usual at Hindu weddings the women and men are not shown together. Hutwa was a large but relatively obscure state in Bihar close to the Nepalese border. Johnston & Hofmann of Calcutta were the favoured photographers for rulers from Bengal and Bihar and indeed of the Viceroys until tyhe capital moved to Delhi in 1911. We have other individual portraits of the Maharaja of Hutwa.

£1,450.00
PARLAKIMEDI. An album made during the visit of Sir George Stanley, Governor of Madras 1934. 07089

Their Excellencies Sir George & Lady Beatrix Stanley's Visit to Parlakimedi Jan,1934. A Photograph Album By G K Vale & Co of Bangalore & Madras. A landscape format album containing 47 images [each approximately 8x6ins and variously landscape and portrait in presentation] each pasted to a facing page only and mainly retaining tissue guards. Original black cloth covered boards with the title and photographer's credit gilt blocked to the upper board, the black paper pages held by cords, wear at the extremities of the binding but the contents clean with only very minor damage ot one or two images. The visiting card of RAJAH OF PARLAKIMEDI with supersciption in ink "with my best complements" loosely inserted. The photographs show: general and detail views of the Palace , the Rajah waiting for and then greeting Sir George (as Governor of Madras), views of the town 'en fete', visits by Lady Stanley, a river trip hunting wildfowl with a grand shooting luncheon (20), the Governor's motor car, etc. Parlakimedi was a small state in the Ganjam district of Madras. At this time the Hon Sir George Stanley was Governor of Madras but a few months later he was acting Governor General of India (May-November 1934) while Lord Willingdon was on leave, after which he was made GCSI. He was a son of the 16th Earl of Derby and had been a regular soldier (RHA) and MP and minister before assuming his governorship of Madras; his wife, Lady Beatrix was daughter of the 3rd Marquess of Headfort. The images of the hunting party are particularly attractive and include several ladies taking an active part. Although the Rajah would have been greatly honoured by this visit it is unlikely that very many copies of this album were made and that far fewer survive.

£750.00
MANJHA. A portrait of the Raja of Manjha on the occasion of his wedding in 1910 10038

A full length portrait of the young Maharaja of Manjha taken in 1910 on the occasion of his marriage to a sister of his brother in law the Maharaja of Hutwa. T he full portrait taken with a retainer is by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta and is 7 x 10.5ins [18 x 27cm] and mounted on part of an old album card, some foxing to the image, five individual worm holes in the print, one on the retainer and four on the background. Two years earlier one of his sisters haad married the Maharaja of Hutwa.

£75.00
BHARATPUR, BHURTPORE: H H The Maharaja of Bhurtpoor in Durbar, circa 1862 11004

A good original photograph, 19.5cm x 13.5cn with arched top, with letterpress description beneath, and original page from the Volume IV of People of India, a monumental work published by the India Museum in London in 1874 [although the photograph was taken in 1862]. The page is accompanied by an additional page with two sides of description, noting that the Maharaja, Jaswant Singh, was then about eleven years of age. An interesting and unusual photograph which clearly illustrates the meaning of Durbar as the Court of a ruler. The richly dressed and jewelled ruler sits on the Guddee or oriental throne comprising a cushion on a mat, his sword across his knees and his nobles and sirdars to either side. In Jackson & Jaffer: Maharaja [V & A Publishing, London, 2000 a copy of this image appears on p 85 attributed to Shepherd & Robinson.

£125.00
IAIPUR. Portrait of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh, 1920s. 08632

A very good full length portrait of the young Maharaja of Jaipur, who was born in 1911 and succeeded in 1922. The portrait probably dates from shortly after his succession. We have only once before had a copy of this particular image in which the photographer has given the figure a white halo effect around the hea d, somewhat similar to that commonly seen in European portraits of saints. It was used in some painted Indian portraits to give a sort of celestIal aura to rulers but it is very seldom encountered in photographic portraits. The portrait measures 8.5 x 10.5ins and is mounted on contmepoary photographer's card

£300.00
GWALIOR. The young Maharaja Scindia around the time of his succession in 1886 11219

A good portrait of the very young Maaharaja Scindia of Gwalior taken by R L Desai of Gwalior. The portrait shows the ruler seated, wearing court dress and butterfly turban typical of the Maratha states. He is deaped in numerous jewelled necklaces and holds a ceremonial sword [which looks rather like a British general officer's scimitar. The Maharaja was born in 176 and succeeded to the gadi in 1886: this photograph appears to date from about that time. The image measures 6 x 8ins [15 x 19.5cm] and is signed in the negative: it is mounted on original photographer's grey card, a little chipped and damaged around the edges but leaving a good clean margin around the photograph. The overall size is 10 x 12ins.

£70.00
NEPAL. Vintage signed portrait of Maharaja Sir Juddha Shamsher Bahadur Rana, dated 1935 07765

H H Maharaja Juddha Shamsher Bahadur Jang Rana [1875-1952], Prime Minister and Ruler of Nepal 1932-1945. A large photographic portrait signed and dated Joodha 1935. The portrait shows the ruler seated, wearing full dress uniform and the typical Rana headdress, holding a sword, and wearing the sash, badge and breast star of a Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. He was created an Honorary GCSI on 1st January 1935. The photograph is well toned and mounted on an old card: there is no photographer’s credit, creases run across the lower right corner, one just affecting the signature but generally the image is in good condition. 8.5 x 11.5ins without card margin.

£275.00
KAPURTHALA. Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. Signed portrait, 1925. 11056

A good three quarter length portrait of the Maharaja of Kapurthala wearing Indian court dress with sword and English orders and medals. The photographer’s double card mount, marked and damaged at the margins and edges with two small pin holes just beneath the photographer’s stamp of F Bremner, Simla and Lahore. The photograph itself measures 4 x 5.5ins [103 x 140mm] and is signed top right Jagatjit Singh M. K. 28.11.25. It shows the Maharaja alongside a silver chair with armorial cresting and he wears the sash of a GCSI together with the stars of seven orders and the medals for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and both the 1903 and 1911 Durbars. The francophile maharaja was extremely fond of jewels, many of which he bought in Paris. Here he wears emeralds in his turban which were probably some of those remodelled by Cartier in 1926 to make his most famous sarpech seen in later portraits. The maharaja was born in 1872, succeeded in 1877 and in adult life spent much of his time in Europe or America. Although his state was small and not especially rich the maharaja, one of the Sikh rulers in the Punjab, achieved recognition and fame in international society to rival his fellow Phulkian ruler Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. His long reign outlasted the Raj and he died in 1949. A good, illustrated account of his love of jewels will be found in Prior & Adamson: Maharaja’s Jewels [Assouline , Paris, 2000].

SOLD
KOLHAPUR. Maharaja Sir Rajaram Chhatrapati, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. Signed portrait. 11065

A large full length portrait, 14 x 10.5ins, showing the Maharaja wearing the mantle and chain of a Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, signed across the trail of the mantle “Yours very sincerely, Rajaram Chhatrapati”. The photograph is mounted on old card and tipped to a window mount, a few minor marks but generally in excellent condition. The Maharaja was made GCSI in 1924 and GCIE in 1931, dating this portrait to the 1930s.

£300.00
A group of Jat Sirdars,Hindu Rajputs, probably chiefs in the service of the Maharaja of Bhurtpore. 07811

A good photograph, 7.75 x 6.75ins with arched top, mounted on a page with letterpress title and accompanied by a page of text, from Vol VII of “The People of India”, published in 1874. The central figure is clearly of exalted rank as the Muslim servant holds an aftab-geer above him. The overall page size is 13 x 9.5ins.

£75.00
SILLANA. Raja of Sillana, a photographic portrait, circa 1874. 11079

A photographic portrait of the Raja, seated three quarter length. A page from Vol 7 of The People of India, a monumental work published in 1874 by the India Museum in London, the page has been cut down and is now in a simple card mount. The image measures 58 x 85mm and retains the original letterpress title numbered 383 beneath the mounted image. The paper and photograph are in excellent ocndition with none of the worm holes so often found in these early photographs. Sillana or Sailana was a state in Central India. The Raja attended the Durbar held for the visit of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.

£75.00
Bundi. A colour postcard of the Maharaja of Bundi 07856

A rather unusual potcard [with an odd spelling of Bundi] published by a D Macropolo, Calcutta company, but printed in Germany, probably published at about the time of the 1911 Durbar. Unused, a little grubby on the back and with slight curling at corners.

£10.00
Photograph of an Indian Prince wearing the 1875 Royal Visit medal, by Fritz Kapp 11082

A portrait of an unidentified prince [presumably a ruler as he wears an egret plume in his headdress. The image measures 11 x 9ins and is mounted on a photographer's card with the label of Fritz Kapp of Dacca. Some browning discolouration down the left hand side but not affecting the prince himself. The large medal of the 1875 royal visit of HRH the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VII] is worn prominently on the left breast and may suggest that the photograph was taken shortly after that event. The medal was given very sparingly, only 48 gold and 165 silver medals recorded as issued. The photograph is now in a simple card window mount.

£125.00
JUMKHUNDEE. A steel die stamp for the Chief of Jumkhundee 00001128

A circular steel die stamp engraved with the ruler's monogram in an oval surrounded by the lettering [in reverse of course] RAMCHANDER RAO APPA CHIEF OF JUMKHUNDEE. The town of Jumkhundee [later written Jamkhandi] was a small state in the Bombay Presidemncy some 70 miles east of Kolhapur. An unusual item to come across. The item measures 45mm in diameter.

£40.00
NEPAL. Maharaja Sir Mohun Shumsheer, Prime Minister, Signed Original Photograph 1948 06867

A good original signed photograph showing the Maharaja full length in full dress uniform with charactersitic headdress and wearing numerous orders and decorations, including the mantle of a high order. Signed in English and dated 1948 bottom left and to the right in local language. An old scar or cut to the top left of the image and a few minor marks but generally good. The photograph is on old photographer's card but there is no photographer's name: currently it is in a card window mount and is ideal for framing. 16 x 26.5cm within mount.

£240.00
HUTWA. The Maharaja of Hutwa 11119

A good full length portrait of the Maharaja of Hutwa by S C Sen & Son of Calcutta dating from about 1912. The portrait itself is 11 x 9ins and it is mounted on white paper and grey photographer's card impressed lower right with the photographers's credit, overall size 18 x 14ins, slight damage to card corners and there is some brown discolouration on the left of the sitter [visible in the enlargement] and top right of the photograph. The Maharaja wears Indian court dress, jewels incuding a heavily embellished turban sarpech. For literature regarding this and other photographs of this prince see E Jaiwant Paul: The Unforgettable Maharajas [Rolli & Jansson, New Delhi 2003, page 52].

£120.00
GWALIOR. The Maharaja of Gwalior in a carriage procession 1930s 11119

A large original photograph showing the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior in an open carriage pulled by 9 pairs of horses in Gwalior city passing a line of bowing retainers and officials. The occasion is uncertain but may have been a visit by another ruling prince [possibly Kolhapur]. An intriguing glimpse at the pageantry and ceremonial of a bygone age. The photograph meaures 14.75 x 9.25 ins [37.5 x 23.5cm]. The corners of the reverse have evidence of having been tipped to a black album page.

£125.00
A large portrait of a young prince on his horse, by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta 00001132

A very attractive and large equestrian portrait of a young prince. The image measures 11.5 x 9.5 ins [297 x 238mm] and is mounted on a large printed photographer's card [16 x 11.75ins] of Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta, Simla, Darjeeling, and Rangoon. We have not yet been able to identify the sitter or the location. The horse's shabraque has a heraldic horse beneath what may well be a monogram although that is partly obscured by a saddle cloth. The style of the photographer's card suggests a date around the end of the Victorian era.

£300.00
H H Sir Umaid Singh, Maharao of Kotah. a fine photographic portrait. 11645

A very striking photographic portrait of H. H. Sir Umaid Singh, GCSI, GCIE Maharao of Kotah showing the prince in a formal pose, full length, wearing the robe and insignia of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India together with the breast star of Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire. The photograph is 8 x 11ins [20 x 28cm] mounted on a cut down photographer’s card and now taped from behind in a plain mount Although the photograph dates from no later than 1939 [when part of this image was used to illustrate the Who’s Who of Indian Princes] interestingly the image has a presentation inscription lower right to Gen Amar Singhi signed Bhim Singh [successor to Umaid Singh] and dated 1954. Indian Princes still seemed to identify themselves with the former ruling power some time after independence. There is a slight crease through the presentation wording.

£600.00
Sayaji Rao III Gaekwad, Maharaja of Baroda, circa 1877 by Bourne and Shepherd 11180

A very fine cabinet portrait card by Bourne and Shepherd from a series produced around the time of the 1877 Imperial Assemblage. The young maharaja only succeeded to the gadi in 1875 and, most unusually here, he is shown next to his mother who acted as regent. The confident looking young ruler, who was to be granted full ruling powers in 1881, is shown holding a sword which appears massively oversized for him and he wears the 1875 silver medal given to some ruling princes on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales.

£350.00
HYDERABAD. Sir Salar Jung, K.C.S.I., Prime Minister & Co Regent, circa 1877 11201

An excellent and exceptionally clean cabinet portrait card by Bourne & Shepherd taken around the time of the 1877 Imperial Assemblage when the largest number of Indian Princes were gathered at Lord Lytton's Durbar on the occasion of the proclamation Queen Victoria as Empress of India. Nawab Sir Salar Jung Bahadur was one of the first ten Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India created in May 1866. The card [6.5 x 4.25ins] is in pristine condition.

£275.00
The Maharana of Udaipur, a cabinet portrait by Bourne & Shepherd, circa 1877 11213

H. H. Sajjan Singh The Maharana of Udaipur. A fine cabinet portrait card by Bourne and Shepherd with a full length portrait taken in about 1877 at the time of Imperial Assemblage. The ruler of Mewar (1858-1884) is shown wearing elaborate costume and jewels, seated with a ceremonial sword of tulwa type. The Maharana was made GCSI in 1881 and was succeed in 1884 by his adopted heir Fateh Singh. Excellent clean condition, 17 x 11cm overall.

£350.00
GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia, circa 1937 in court dress. 11214

GWALIOR. A|full length portrait of the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior, circa 1937, wearing Indian court dress and typical Mahratta butterfly style turban. He carries a ceremonial sword and wears the medals for the 1935 Jubilee of George V and the 1937 Coronation of George VI, together with the Scindia Gold Star. The aiguillette over the right shoulder denotes that he was an Honorary Aide de Camp to the King Emperor. The photograph, by Diaz Studios of Bombay, measures 8 x 10.25ins and has small marks on the verso where it has been tipped to an album page

£70.00
GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia in general's uniform, circa 1936 11215

GWALIOR. A|full length portrait of the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior, circa 1936, wearing dress uniform as commander of his own Indian State Forces with turban and holding an ivory hilted general officer’s sword of scimitar style. He wears the medal for the 1935 Jubilee of George V together with the Scindia Gold Star. The aiguillette over the right shoulder denotes that he was an Honorary Aide de Camp to the King Emperor. The photograph, by Diaz studios of Bombay, measures 8 x 10.25ins and has small marks on the verso where it has been tipped to an album page

£65.00
GWALIOR. The Maharaja riding in an open landau with the Viceroy, Lord linlithgow 11218

GWALIOR & LORD LINLITHGOW. An attractive vintage photograph, by Diaz Studios of Bombay, showing the Maharaja of Gwalior travelling in an open landau with the Viceroy of India, the Marquess of Linlithgow, on the occasion of a visit to Gwalior in the late 1930s. The carriage is escorted by cavalry of the State Forces of Gwalior and the two grooms shade the Maharaja and Viceroy with umbrellas which were a mark of royalty in India. The photograph measures 10 x 6ins [25 x 15cm] and is in excellent condition with just four old marks to the verso where it has been tipped by the corners into an old album.

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INDORE. Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar [ruling 1886-1903] 00001133

An interesting triple portrait showing the Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar with two other princes of the dynasty. The photograph, which measures 267 x 215mm, is mounted on an old grey card album sheet and is rather badly affected by small worm holes. These do not show up greatly when placed against a dark background but we have photographed it against a white background so that they are more visible. There are actually only 4 amall holes in the Maharaja's clothing and none affecting his face or those of the other two sitters. Shivaji Rao Holkar was born in 1859 and ruled from 1886 until 1903. Photographs of him seldom appear: his father Tukoji Rao and his successor Yashwant Rao were much more often photographed. The Maharaja was made a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India in June 1887 and this image probably predates that event. The reverse of the card has a good portrait of Tukoji Rao Holkar who ruled from 1844 to 1886. This measures 275 x 223mm. The card sheet is very damaged around the photographs but that could easily be solved by matting.

£190.00
GWALIOR. A Christmas card of 1926-1927 00000927

A folded card of faded pink embossed in gilt with the Maharaja's arms. The loose inner sheet, probably once held in place by ribbon, has on the left a printed photograph of the late Maharaja holding his young daughter, Princess Mary, and on the right a verse from Kipling with greetings from Gajra Scindia [probably a facsimile signature but it is hard to be certain].

£30.00
Maharaja of Bharatpur Inspecting a Guard of Honour with His Host at Gwalior, Circa 1940 08614

A photograph taken from a large old dilapidated album [marks on verso at corner where it has been lightly tipped to a page] put together in 1942 for the Maharaja of Gwalior by Dias Studios oif Gwalior and Bombay recording events of the last few years. 250 x 150mm [10 x 6ins].

£25.00
JODHPUR. A signed photographic portrait by Johnston & Hoffmann 00001134

A three quarter length portrait of Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur signed in 1896. The young prince succeeded his father on 11th October 1895 and died in March 1903. His father, Jaswant Singh II, changed the style of dress in Jodhpur abandoning the traditional very full and flowing garments in favour of tighter clothes conforming more to the western body image. His son Sardar Singh can be seen here to have taken this style to heart. The flamboyant costume and liberal use of jewels were to typify the young maharaja who earned a reputation for lavish lifestyle and excessive spending that the British removed his ruling powers for a number of years in the middle of his reign. He was a keen and excellent polo player. The portrait measures 307 x 185mm [12 x 7,5ins approx] and is mounted on the original photographer's card [330 x190m]. There are a few small areas of surface damage, the only one on the figure itsef being what may be an old ink blot on the turban.

£1,200.00
Gwalior's Part in the War. Compiled and published by order of the Maharaja in 1920 00000967

Frontispece & 47 other photogravures [the majority full plate but some 2 to a plate, complete as called for], xiv, 175pp. Original decorative blue cloth gilt, the front board blocked with the Maharaja's arms, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, a few small marks to the front board but generally as fine a copy of this work as one will find. It is more usually found in red cloth [we also have a red copy on the website] but it is not unusual for books commissioned by Indian rulers to have been bound in a number of different colours. A very well illustrated work on the services and contribution of the Gwalior State during the 1914-18 War. As well as sending his own troops the Maharaja Scindia arranged for the equipping of a large hospital ship, the Loyalty, and was tirelessly instrumental in raising funds from other rulers and charitable individuals. There are several lists - all ranks receiving awards and mentions in despatches, princes contributing to the Hospital Ship Loyalty, troops British and Indian troops passing through Gwalior and fed at the state's expense, a long appendix of those making donations to funds, etc.

£300.00
List Showing Names, Titles, Modes of Address of Sovereigns, Ruling Princes, .... ALQABNAMAH 08367

List Showing Names , Titles, and Modes of Address of the More Important Sovereigns, Ruling Princes, Chiefs, Nobles, Etc. Having Relations with the India Government. ALQABNAMAH. Corrected Up to the 5th October 1935. Confidential. Govt of India Press [New Delhi] 1935. Folio, hard backed. iii.173pp. Colophon: GIPD-S2-163(C) F&PD-12-12-35-80. Original printed blue paper covered boards with cloth spine(C, stitched through punched holes (probably originally designed so that pages could be inserted or replaced from titme to time in the manner of some military and political manuals), the boards very worn and the cloth spine largely disintegrated, front board detached, the work is quite worn, having been very much a working copy. This copy is stamped on the front cover "COPY NO 61" (the entire print run was only 80) and is further marked in ink "Political Dept (Issue Branch) Political Supdt. Copy (1)". An old library stamp to the title page [FOREIGN AND POL. DEPT, LIBRARY - SIMLA]. The work is divided into four sections: 1. LIST OF INDEPENDENT STATES [Nepal, Siam, Tibet]; 2. LIST OF PROTECTORATE RULERS [Bhutan, Chitral, Hunza, Muscat & Oman, Qaiwain, Al-Hauta, Shihr, Qishn, Abu Dhabi, Al Qara];3. LIST OF RULING PRINCES AND CHIEFS IN INDIA WITH TITLES AND MODES OF ADDRESS [211 entries]; 4. MISCELLANEOUS [Indore, Loharu, Aga Khan, Arcot, Travancore, Mysore, Muhammesah, Zanzibar]. The information is given in tabular form under the headings: Names of State; Name and address [meaning the form in which he was addressed - Your Highness, etc|] of Ruler in Persian; Name and address of Ruler in English; Commencement and conclusion of letter in English and colour of Crest; Highest British Authority by whom hitherto addressed; No of Guns in salute(Permanent/Personal); Remarks. This copy has been much used and there are numerous highly illuminating manuscript additions, alterations, and amendments (honorary ranks, promotions, new titles, orders, changes in forms of address, etc) added to many entries in pencil and both black and red ink. There are also some typed notes (one, for instance, dealing with the viceroy's decision about the succession to a state whose ruler had died without adopting an heir) tipped in or attached. Three printed lists of amendments (13-15 of 1942/3/4) are loosely inserted. The niceties and subtleties of diplomatic convention are here formalised and recorded in a form which is seldom seen outside high official circles. Many Indian Rulers were particularly fastidious about titles and forms of address and often fiercely competitive (for example the endless wrangling by the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala over the number of guns used for his salute and his rivalry with other senior Maharajas, such as Bikaner), which is reason enough for the confidential nature of this printing of such potentially contentious material. One can well appreciate the need to know who had previously written to a ruler as an address from the Agent to the Governor General would imply an enhanced status to one who had previously only been addressed by a Resident. The detailed forms of greeting and conclusion reveal a myriad of conventions and delicate grades of friendship or familiarity. To Dungarpur the Viceroy remains "with much consideration Your Highness' sincere friend" whereas to Jaipur he desires "to express the high consideration which I entertain for Your Highness and to subscribe myself Your Highness' sincere friend". Some of the forms of address are wonderfully grand and all-embracing, none more so than this one required by the Regent of Tibet " The Exalted Presence of Lotus-footed Golden throne of the Great Retting Hutuktu, His Highness the Regent of Tibet, the Protector of all the living beings of the Snowy Country." The added remarks are mainly notes about the origin of titles but there are also some very individual notes and warnings such as that for Indore which notes "The title 'Sir' is not to be employed in addressing His Highness (vide File No 976-H of 1923). No doubt that dusty file gives details of the dreadful faux pas of Indore. Colours of Kharita bags and fastenings are also given. A remarkable survival. There is a copy of the same date in the India Office Library's successor at the British Library and the odd copy in university libraries the book is extremely scarce. From the number of corrections and alterations, including three printed annual liss of addenda [nos 13-15 of 1942-44] which are here loosely inserted, it would appear that this work was not produced very often, This may in fact be the last copy that was printed as the British Empire in India was already in its twilight by the end of World War II.

£3,500.00
HH Shah Jahan Begam, G.C.S.I., C.I., of Bhopal. A Viceregal envelope of the 1880s 00001045

An evocative envelope of the late 1880s addressed in fine palace script “To Her Highness Shah Jahan Begam, G.C.S.I., C.I., of Bhopal. The envelope measures 9 x 4ins and the reverse flap bears the Viceregal royal arms embossed in gold. There is some Persian above the address, the right hand end has a tear without loss.

£55.00
DHARAMPUR. A Brief Sketch of Itshistory and Administration, by Naoroji M Dumasia 08461

55 plates with illustrations from photographs [mainly full plate], vii, 80pp. Original decorative full leather gilt, front board heavily tooled with arms of the state and the ruler, some rubbing and wear at the extremities but generally clean and internally excellent with no previous ownership markings, Dharampur was a state in the Surat Agency of Gujarat, proud of its status as the most senior state in the class receiving a nine gun salute. This work follows the lines of the author's more frequently encountered work on Jamnagar and is particularly well illustrated.

£150.00
GWALIOR. Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior in Indian court dress with a group of his Sirdars, 08612

An attractive and large group portrait, 11 x 7.5ins [280 x 195mm], by Dias Studios of Bombay showing the Maharaja and his principal advisors and courtiers wearing elaborate court dress with the typical Central India butterfly turban of Marhatta origin. The very pro-British nature of the Gwalior family is indicated by the fact that they all carry swords of British pattern, the Maharaja the mameluke type of a general officer and most of the others various patterns including the 1908 cavalry pattern, which is still in use today in the British Army. The photograph was taken by the Dias Studios of Bombay and Gwalior and this one has been removed from a large dilapidated old album and has four small marks on the verson where it has been tipped to a page.

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KARAULI. A good, large albumen print portrait of the Maharaja with sword and shield 00001115

The portrait measures 265 x 207mm [approx 10.5 x 8.25 ins] and is unmounted [it may have been once pasted to an album sheet but, if so, has been very carefully removed]. The imposing Rajput warrior prince is seated in a silver mounted throne chair and holding his sword; the shield rests against the chair. Sir Bhanwar Pal Deo, GCIE was born in 1863 and this image was probably taken around 1900, most probably by Bourne and Shepherd. Karauli was a 17 gun salute state in South western Rajputana [now Rajasthan]. The reverse of the photograph has an old, mistaken pencil inscription describing it as the Maharaja of Ulwar. This image has been used in several books, such as Charles Allen: Majarajas [Mercury Books, 2005],

£220.00