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Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy of India 1899 – 1904 & 1904-1905 10003

A bust length photographic portrait of Lord Curzon in civilian clothes, unmounted but with signs of having been pasted to a card on verso, 7.75 x 10ins [197 x 254mm] probably dating from early 1900s, small creases across top right corner. The Hon George Nathaniel Curzon was the eldest son of Baron Scarsdale and was created 1st Baron Curzon of Kedleston in 1898. The best known, most driven, and probably the most charismatic of viceroy, he engendered a good deal of opposition by his seemingly high-handed behaviour, especially in his relationship with his last commander in chief, Lord Kitchener.

Lord Curzon of Kedleston. Viceroy of India, Grand Master of the Order of the Star of India 10004

A very good example of the Bourne and Shepherd full length portrait of the Viceroy wearing court dress and his mantle and decorations as Grand Master of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, as he appeared at the Coronation Durbar in Delhi, approx 9 x 12 ins [23 x 30cm], mounted on photographer’s card but with no photographer’s credit. The photograph is in good condition apart from the lack of a small top right corner which could be masked without affecting the image of Curzon. This image shows Lord Curzon at the height of his achievements on the occasion of the Durbar which he planned so meticulously to impress India with the power of the King Emperor but at which he also somewhat overshadowed the King’s brother, Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught

The Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy of India 1936 – 1943, Farewell Dinner Menu 07284

4pp folded thick card menu with curved corners, USC monogram beneath imperial crown embossed in gold at head of front cover [United Services Club]. The inner pages have the dinner menu printed to the left side and the wine list to the right. The rear page has the list of officers attending. Maj Gen N M Wilson, DSO, OBE presided over approximately 150 other officers and gentlemen, including 13 other general officers. There is slight damage to the first page. This Simla dinner was a little premature as the Viceroy’s period in office was extended because of the war. [

The Marquess of Linlithgow, Viceroy of India 1936- 1943 at the Palace in Puri, Orissa. 07680

The photograph, in perfect condition, is mounted on a grey photographer's card of S. A Quddoos, Cuttack, and the sitters are identified in letterpress at the bottom, the overall size of the card is 18 x 14ins. The group, including Lady Linlithgow and Lady Hubback [wife of the Governor of Orissa] wear civilian day dress apart from the two duty Viceroy's aides de camp who wear tropical dress uniform with helmets and Subadar Major Bhim Singh Thappa [probably an Indian adc]. All wear garlands of flowers apart from the Raja. Puri was a small state in Orissa.

The Earl of Minto, Viceroy of India with the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces 06572

A very good, richly toned original photograph showing the Viceroy, Lord Minto standing beside the Governor of the United Provinces' camel carriage, image size 8 x 6ins [20cm x 15cm], mounted on an old card album leaf, pencil annotation in a contemporary hand, excellent clean condition and the card sound. A relatively informal view of the Viceroy during the large Durbar held at Agra in 1907 for the occasion of the meeting with the Amir of Afghanistan, The Viceroy is wearing riding gear and ladies and a young boy are in the distinctive open coach drawn by six camels, each with a uniformed rider. The reverse of the card has another image from Agra of a military review with a British infantry regiment being viewed by crowds some of whom are standing in three early open topped motor cars.

The Marquess of Linlithgow with Officers of the 1st/15th Punjab Infantry in Simla 1940. 07408

A good clear vintage photograph showing the Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow being introduced to some of the Indian and British officers of the 1/15th Punjab Regiment by their c.o. Lt Col D G Sundias-Smith. During the hot season of 1940 the battalion had been selected to form the Viceroy's Guard at Simla. The Viceroy wears a dark suit and white solar topi and is accompanied by two aides de camp, probably Captains W A G Burns and R H S Gooch, both of the Coldstream Guards. The unmounted photograph is 6.5 x 5ins [17 x 12cm] and is stamped on the reverse Copy Print Photo by Simla Studios, Simla & New Delhi.

Earl of Dufferin, Viceroy of India 1884 – 1888. An original photographic portrait. 07435

Original Woodburytype photographic oval portrait, showing the Earl of Dufferin bust length in civilian dress. Extracted from Men of Mark. A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits... Published in 1880 by Sampson Low, the photograph taken by Lock & Whifield. Fine clean condition apart form a little light foxing to the mount, ideal for framing. The Earl of Dufferin & Ava [1826 -1902] was Governor General of Canada 1872-78, Ambassador to St Petersburg 1879, and Viceroy of India 1884-1888. Sold with a sheet of text from the book. Oval photograph 9 x 11cm on a page 21 x 27cm.

Lord Curzon's indian Speeches. 00857

LORD CURZON IN INDIA. BEING A SELECTION FROM HIS SPEECHES AS VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA 1898-1905 with a Portrait, Explanatory Notes and an Index and with an Introduction By Sir Thomas Raleigh, KCSI. Macmillan [London] 1906, 8vo. Portrait frontispiece, iii.597pp. Original blue cloth gilt with Curzon's monogram blocked in gilt on front cover, boards rather stained (not extending to the spine although it is a little dull), The book is very tight and sound, the contents clean and pages partly uncut (the last intro page carelessly cut with some loss from margin), first page of contents has been bound in twice and the second page of contents has not been bound in. Armorial bookplate of Sir Tom Taylor Leyland Scarisbrick to front free endpaper. The speeches are divided into categories and include 5 on Frontier Policy (3 from budget speeches and one each form Durbars at Quetta and Peshawar), 2 on Historical Memorials (Mutiny Telegraph Memorial at Delhi and Holwell Monument, Calcutta), 5 on Military Administration, 5 on Chiefs and Princes (at Gwalior, Jaipur, Bahawalpur, Ulwar, & Indore), 1 at the Mandalay Durbar, 1 on Mohammedans, 2 on the Persian Gulf (Durbar at Shargah & address from British Residents at Bushire), 3 Valedictory Speeches.This volume of speeches by the most controversial and strong minded of Viceroys is quite scarce.

Thomas George, Earl of Northbrook, G.C.S.I. A Memoir. 04092

Longman [London] 1908, 8vo. 13 plates,xii.308pp. Original blue cloth gilt with thick beveled boards and Northbrook's arms in gilt to front board, a bright, clean copy with just very minor wear at extremities, a little shelf rubbing at head and tail of spine, a little pencil underlining and notes ( a family tree has been added to the back of one plate in pencil). Northbrook's period as Viceroy saw considerable activity in Central Asia - Forsyth and Gordon's Mission to Yarkand, strained relations with Afghanistan. An attractive book, becoming hard to find in the first edition.

Lord Hardinge. An attempt on the Viceroy's life in 1912. 04320

East India (Attempt Upon the Life of His Excellency the Viceroy. Correspondence Relating to the Attempt Upon the Life of His Excellency...on the Occasion of the State Entry Into Delhi, on 23rd December 1912. HMSO [London] 1913. 6pp. Folded as issued, old library stamp to title page, edges a little curled and lower corner has been folded. British Parliamentary Paper [Cd. 6642].

Letters and Journals of the 8th Earl of Elgin 04457

Walrond, Theodre [editior]: T Letters and Journals of James, Eighth Earl of Elgin, Governor of Jamaica, Governor-General of Canada, Envoy to China, Viceroy of India. With a Preface By Arthur Penrhyn Stanley. John Murray [London] 1872, 8vo. xii.467pp,m 20pp publisher's catalogue. Original red-brown cloth gilt with additional black decoration, some fraying and small tears at head and tail of spine but otherwise an excellent clean copy, contemporary ownership inscription in ink to half title (M. E. Cumming Bruce). Of the 16 chapters five deal with the First Mission to China (Preliminaries - Canton - Tientsin - Japan - Yangtze Kiang), three with the Second Mission to China (Outward - Pekin - Homeward), and the final two with his brief career as Viceroy of India. Scarce. The Earl married Mary Cumming Bruce, only daughter of Charles Lennox Cuming Bruce, MP for Elgin and Nairn

Biography of Lord Lawrence. 05380

Smith, R Bosworth: Life of Lord Lawrence. 2 VOLUMES. Charles Scribner's Sons [New York] 1885, 8vo. Portrait frontispiece, folding map of Punjab & adjoining countries 1849-1857 (small edge tear without loss), xiv.484pp, 4pp publisher's ads, & portrait frontispiece, folding coloured plan of Delhi in 1857, xix.567pp. Original green cloth gilt, front board gilt blocked with badge of the Order of the Star of India, a few small marks to boards but generally an excellent clean copy with very bright gilt, front hinge of vol 1 splitting along endpaper but perfectly sound, contents particularly clean, some pages uncut. A very thorough biography with much on the Sikh Wars and the Indian Mutiny.

Lord and Lady Curzon on a shooting party at Bhopal, 1899 07450

A good clear photograph showing Lord and Lady Curzon with their party and shikaris at Bhopal during the Viceroy's first Autumn Tour. The image, by Deen Dayal and 11 x 8.25ins [28 x 21cm], is pasted to an old grey card album leaf with letterpress title, Their Excellencies going out Shooting, numbered 14276. The reverse has four smaller pictures - 14295 Triumphal Arches, 14302 Group of State Elephants, 14290 Front Gate of Taj Mahal, 14297 Her Highness' visit to His Excellency the Viceroy. The card leaf is damaged at the corners but there is no damage to the photographs.

Earl of Minto, Viceroy of India 1905-1911, with his staff at Agra in 1907 10005

EARL OF MINTO. The Viceroy of India seated with his personal staff at Agra in 1907. The image, 8 x 11ins [27.5 x 20cm] with rounded corners is pasted to part of an old card album leaf. This is one of the formal photographs taken on the occasion of the State Visit of the Amir of Afghanistan, an important political occasion as the Amir had turned down previous invitations – even to the 1911 Coronation Durbar. Of the three Scots Guards officers [Lord Minto had originally served in that regiment] the one immediately to his right as viewed is probably Minto’s Military Secretary Major F L Adam.

Large paper limited edition of Curzon's magisterial work on Viceroys and Government Houses 05996

Curzon of Kedleston, The Marquis: British Government in India. The Story of the Viceroys and Government Houses. Cassell & Co [London] 1925, 2 Volumes large quarto [11 x13.5ins], large paper limited edition [No 37 of 500] in publisher's blue half leather gilt. Vol 1: photo litho frontispiece portrait of Lord Curzon, with guard, 2 folding plans, 50 plates of illustrations, xix.259pp; Vol II: photo litho portrait frontispiece of Lady Curzon, 35 other plates of illustration, x.268pp. All illustrations complete as called for. Original publisher's half blue leather gilt with blue cloth boards gilt blocked with the title and the royal arms, some shelf wear and minor rubbing to extremities but a very sound and attractive set of the scarce de-luxe edition, top edges gilt, remaining edges untrimmed, internally clean, one pencil note in a margin, old ownership signature to each front free endpaper " Ian H Macdonald, Edinburgh 1948", no other ownership marks. An excellent set of Curzon's last book. He died before finishing the proof reading and indexing of the second half of volume II but in his usual meticulous way had left instructions for Sir William Foster to carry the work to print. This is not to be confused with the standard small quarto copies of the this title found in the usual blue cloth or a similar half leather version.

Government House, Delhi. a 1930s view of the Viceroy's Residence 10053

This impressive photograph of the principal facade with its dome flying the Union flag measures 14.5 x 9ins and is in excellent clean condition, never having been mounted. It came to us in a folio which had belonged to one of Lord Linlithgow’s aides de camp in the late 1930s. A group of similar photographs is illustrated in Aman Nath: Dome over India, Rashtrapati Bhavan [India Book House, New Delhi 2002] pp 54-59.

Journals of the Marquess of Hastings 07136

Hastings, Marquess of: The Private Journals of the Marquess of Hastings, KG, Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in India. Edited By His Daughter, the Marchioness of Bute. Second Edition. Saunders & Otley [London]1858. 2nd edition, 8vo. 2 Volumes. Vol I: large folding map of India (with more detailed inset map of Delhi), x, [i dedication], 356pp; vol 2: 390pp, 6pp publisher's catalogue. Original pebbled red cloth gilt with Hastings arms gilt blocked to front boards, rubbed and worn, some lack of spine cloth to vol I, hinges splitting along endpapers but holding on cloth and linen, internally quite clean, map neatly folded but with a small edge tear without loss, volume 2 a little shaken, a very few marginal expanding comments in a contemporary hand. Numerous interesting account, especially of meetings with rulers, such as the King of Delhi and his sons or the Sikh Maharajahs. Scarce in the first or second editions.

Government House, the Viceroy’s Residence in Calcutta, circa 1865 11043

An original photograph from A Portfolio of Calcutta Views which was produced by Westfield & Co of Calcutta, 5.5 x 4 Ins ( 14x10cm), a single image now on an old half album leaf, titled in pencil. This was a portfolio of 20 photographs of Calcutta buildings was produced in 1865. On the removal of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi after the 1911 Delhi Durbar the building became the residence of the Governor of Bengal. Many of the paintings and stautes of previous Governors General and Viceroys were removed at that time. 5

Curzon. A photographic print of Lord Curzon by Russell & Sons 11059

The portrait, 7 x 9.5ins, shows Curzon in civilian clothes and probably dates from his time at the India Office. It is mounted on the original photographer's printed mount with title and facsimile signature "George N. Curzon", 9.5 x 13.5ins overall. There is a crease at the top of the card and minor chipping to the edges of the image.

Lord Lytton. A coloured print after a portrait by Emil Rabending of Vienna 11060

A printed coloured profile portrait of the Viceroy in civilian clothes, circa 1880. The portrait is printed on card with a facsimilie signature and retains its tissue guard. It appears to have been removed from a book and the overall measurment is 8 x 10ins.

A Calcutta Eton Dinner menu of 1930 signed, among others, by the Viceroy, Lord Irwin 10061

A card menu, 4.5 x 7ins, dated December 29th 1930, the folded outer card decorated with a pale blue silk box and with the arms of Eton College embossed in colours. The single folded inner sheet is printed in blue, the first page with a list of those attending, the last page with the Eton Boating Song, Vale, and Carmen Etonense, and the centre pages with the menu and a programme of music. The covers have 29 pencil signatures including that of the Viceroy, Lord Irwin [later Earl of Halifax]. An unusual survival from an annual event which certainly took place from Curzon's time as Viceroy.

Baron Ampthill, Governor of Madras 1900-1906 & ad interim Viceroy in 1904 07780

Autograph letter signed, written on three sides of a small folded sheet of writing paper embossed in blue with the Baron's crest above the address, Milton Ernest Hall, Bedford, dated 10 Jan 1909 after his return to England and addressed to a Miss Munro about an appointment. Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill [1869-1935], G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., acted as interim Viceroy during the gap in Lord Curzon's period of office from April to December 1904 when he returned to England. He later served with distinction in the 1914-18 war when he commanded two battalions of the Bedfordshire Regimenrt and the 13th Bn Leics Regt., having originally served in the Royal North Devon Yeomanry Cavalry. The letter is in excellent clean condition and tipped by the rear blank sheet to an old album page. Lady Ampthill [formerly Lady Margaret Lygon, daughter of Earl Beauchamp] served as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary

Lord Minto, Viceroy of India and the Proclamation of King George V, Simla 1910. 07805

A large vintage photograph [11 x 8.5ins, 283 x 212mm] showing the Viceroy riding along the Mall on the occasion of the Proclamation of George V as King Emperor. He is returning the salute of a British regiment lining the route. The photograph is mounted on an old card album leaf with a view on the reverse entitled “Fakir and Monkeys on Jakko, Simla, 1909”.

Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India 1884-1888. Speeches delivered in India. 05961

Dufferin & Ava, Marquis of: Speeches Delivered in India, 1884-8. John Murray [London] 1890. 1st edition, 8vo. x.288, 28pp Mr Murray's List. Original blue cloth gilt, spine darkened, wear at head and tale but a sound copy, small red stamp at bottom of title page (possibly a publisher's or bookseller's but with no lettering, contents clean. A wide range of speeches including several on Burma and the Expedition there, others on Sir Donald Stewart, at Durbar in Peshawar and Patiala, colleges such as Mayo and Aitcheson's, etc

The Earl of Willingdon. An invitation to a Garden Party, dated 1935 07850

An invitation on white card, 182 x 136mm, embossed with the imperial crown in gilt, inviting Mr Kamaphya Dat Ram to a Garden party on Christmas Eve 1935. Slight damage at the corners without loss.

Warren Hastings - Original Engraved Portrait Dated 1797 06599

An interesting engraved portrait showing a good portrait bust in an oval on a plinth bearing his name, at the left side an Indian warrior looking up towards the the portrait, on the other side an unarmed Indian bowing towards the ex-Governor General, clean condition, unframed, image size 8.5ins x 12ins. Although there is a reasonable and appropriate degree of border for the size of the image the fact that there is no apparent plate mark may indicate that the margin has once been greater, bottom left reads "Engraved by Wm. Bromley from the Original Picture" and bottom right "Published by Wm Bromley, June 29th 1797". The portrait dates from shortly after Hastings was aquitted after his lengthy impeachment trial in Parliament.

Earl of Willingdon. A visitor's car pass for the Viceregal visit to Gwalior in April 1933 00000987

A small vistor's car pass admitting the holder's car to the Palace Grounds at Gwalior on the occasion of the official visit of the Viceroy. the Earl of Willingdon. It is made out to one of the most senior of the Maharaja Scindia's sirdars, Major Sirdar M N Shitole & Suite. It measures 11 x 8cm. There is a counter signature of authorisation and the card has holes where it has been fitted into a ring binder at some period. A rare ephemeral survival from a Viceregal visit. The Maharaja of Gwalior was very much an anglophile and his lavish hospitality was very much appreciated by his European visitors, especially those keen on tiger shooting which was renowned here.

Earl of Mayo, Viceroy of India 1869- 1872 11110

A strange, faded carte de visite portrait of Lord Mayo wearing uniform and the mantle of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. It is mounted on a purple and gold backed card and appears to be a “pirated” photographic copy of another cdv which was produced by Bourne & Shepherd and was probably made in India at the time. Mayo was one of only two Viceroys who died in office, in his case at the hands of an Afghan convict as he boarded a boat to leave the Andaman Islands.

Lord Curzon visiting the Well at Cawnpore 11115

An unused postcard in fine condition showing Lord Curzon and his party walking up the steps to the Memorial Well at Cawpore. In 1899 the Viceroy visited Cawnpore on his first Viceregal Autumn Tour. The photograph used for this card, printed in Saxony, probably dates from that visit although the card may date from a few years later.

Marquess of Ripon, Viceroy of India 1880 -1884, a signed photographic portrait postcard 11117

A photographic postcard portrait, signed on the lower margin in ink Ripon. The card is unused and is one in the Rotary Photographic Series. It shows the aged Ripon shortly before his death in 1909, half length seated.

Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India 1916-1921. Signed portrait postcard. 11117

A signed photographic postcard showing Frederic John Napier Thesiger, the 3rd Baron Chelmsford (later 1st Viscount Chelmsford) probably soon after he succeeded to his title in 1904. He wears court dress with sword but is not wearing the K.C.M.G. that he was awarded in 1906 so the photograph, which is probably taken in Queensland [by Fegan Photo] where he was appointed Governor in 1905. He stands beside Lady Chelmsford and card is signed by both F. Chelmsford & Chelmsford. The card is in good condition and has not been used: there is some lack of ink on Lady Chelmsford’ signature. In 1916 Chelmsford became Viceroy of India £120

The Earl of Lytton with a large party at Calcutta, circa 1877 11118

Lord Lytton appears in white trousers in his rather characteristic lounging position in this attractive large group photograph from his time in Calcutta as Viceroy [1874-1880]. The figure in uniform behind him is probably his Military Secretary, Colonel G Pomeroy Colley, CB and next to Lytton is his influential Private Secretary, Owen Tudor Burne, who had much responsibility in the organisation of the 1877 Imperial Assemblage in Delhi. The photograph measures 11.5 x 8.5ins [29.5 x 21cm] and is mounted on an old piece of thin card which has also has a contemporary inscription in ink on a separately attached label. Although the white card is somewhat damaged at the edges the photograph itself remains in good condition [apart from on very small tear without loss on the right hand side] and is sepia toned.

Lord Lawrence, Viceroy of India, a Vanity Fair caricature by Ape, 1871 11135

The full length coloured caricature original print from "Vanity Fair" shows Lord Lawrence shortly after his elevation to the peerage on his return from India and is dated Jan 21st 1871, 9 x 14ins, the reverse with a page of text about the subject. As Sir John Lawrence he had been Viceroy from 1865 to 1869.

Sir John Lawrence. Autograph letter signed and dated Simlah Oct 30 1868. 11139

An interesting letter highlighting the process of promotion in India, written, in Sir John's own hand, on three sides of sheet of folded private writing paper, black edged and embossed in black with Lawrence's crest and motto. The letter is addressed to a Mrs Umpherbly who appears to have written to him trying to advanced the career of someone working in the Oude Commission. The Viceroy points out to her that this person occupies a fairly lowly post and hard work and good character will determine his advancement rather than influence. Note the rather unorthodox spelling of the summer capital used by the Viceroy.

Sir John Lawrence, Viceroy of India 1863 – 1869 later Lord Lawrence of the Punjab. 11140

A carte de visite, by Elliott & Fry, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London full length, his hand resting on a sword. This unusual cdv was probably taken after Lawrence’s return from India, the somewhat theatrical pose is uncharacteristic of a man who was often known as “plain John Lawrence” and whose time at Government House was seen as dull by Calcutta society. Whereas all the other Viceroys were titled during their reigns Lawrence was not raised to the peerage until his return to England in 1869 and then only as a Baron.

Earl of Lytton, Viceroy of India 1876 – 1880 11142

A carte de visite portrait [65 x 100mm] showing Lord Lytton in civilian clothes, leaning on the corner of a chest. The card retains no photographer’s credit and has been unevenly along the lower edge beneath the red printed title LORD LYTTON GOVERNOR GENERAL OF INDIA.

10th Earl & 1st Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor General of India 1847-1856. 11157

A life sized bronzed plaster bust of the Marquess by Massey Rhind [1860-1936]. The bust measures 31ins in height and 26ins in width approximately, the height including the integral socle. The bust shows Lord Dalhousie in dress uniform with a cloak draped partially over his left shoulder.It is inscribed Massey Rhind, ARSA on the side of the socle. The bust was originally bronzed and this has been overpainted at some time to cover some chipping: there is still a little chipping of plaster and lack of paint in a few places, mainly to the back. This sort of plaster bust was sometimes made as a trial for a bronze. It is a very imposing piece, styled very much in the sort of pose often associated with Wellington and, indeed Dalhousie has a very similarly aquiline nose. James Andrew Broune-Ramsay [1812 – 1860] was appointed Governor General of India by prime minister Lord John Russell in 1847 and pursued a sometimes controversial policy of lapse and annexation which the annexation of the Punjab following the Second Sikh War and the annexations of Jhansi and Oudh both of which played a part in the causes of the Indian Mutiny [see Ferdinand Mount’s recent book “The Tears of the Rajas” Simon & Schuster, 2015) for an interesting account of the significance of these events]. He died without a direct male heir hen the marquessate became extinct, the earldom passing to a cousin, Fox Maule [son of the Earl of Panmure] who was Secretary of State for War during the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. Provenance: Sold on behalf of the 17th Earl of Dalhousie at a joint sale with the Marquess of Linlithgow held by Sotheby’s at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh in July 1993; thence in a private collection. The auctioneer’s described the bust as being of the 11th earl but the profile and uniform suggest that is not the case. If there is any doubt over the identity of the subject it would be much more likely that it was the 9th earl who was a general in Wellington’s army and served in India as Commander in Chief 1829-32.

Lord Northbrook. Signed private letter to Col Lumsden appointing him Political Agent at Gwalior. 08038

Lord Northbrook, Viceroy of India. An Autograph Letter Signed Northbrook and Marked Private Appointing Col Peter Lumsden CSI as Political Agent at Gwalior, 1872 An extremely unusual private letter signed by the Viceroy and written in his own hand on five sides of two folded sheets of small writing paper embossed Government House, Simla, dated Sept 20/72 addressed Dear Colonel Lumsden and signed Yours very truly, Northbrook, marked at the top left Private . The letter offers Lumsden the post of Political Agent at Gwalior which the Viceroy stresses is a very important one. He notes his great satisfaction with the way in which Lumsden had recently fulfilled an acting post at Hyderabad. The pages are fastened loosely by legal tape top right and there is some evidence on the blank verso of the last sheet of having been stuck to an old card album sheet. The mechanism , if it can be called such, by which important political appointments were made in 19th century India is at best opaque and a letter such as this gives us some insight into the very personal nature of the Viceroy's exercise of power. Gwalior was one of the most strategically important states in Central India and the Maharaja Scindia became a most loyal ally of the British.

Viceroy Lord Minto receiving the salute of the Alwar Lancers, circa 1908. 3 photographs 08163

An attractive panoramic photograph, circa 1908, 11 x 5.5ins. showing the Alwar Lancers trotting past a saluting base, marked by a large Alwar standard, where the viceroy and maharaja with their respective aides de camp and staff take the salute. The officers of the Lancers are caught by the camera mid salute with their swords extended toward the standard. Mounted on an old part album leaf, the reverse with two further smaller views [5.5 3.5ins each] one showing the mounted Viceroy and Maharaja with their staffs and the other showing the parade just before the salute. The photographer is not identified but the images are of very good quality.

Viscount Chelmsford, Viceroy of India & Lady Chelmsford. Formal photographic portraits 08177

A very good full length signed portrait of Lord Chelmsford wearing court dress and the mantle, chain, and insgnia of the Grand Master of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. The portrait, measuring 8.5 x 13ins, is mounted on a photographer's card but there is no photographer's credit. It is signed and dated Chelmsford 1921 and was probably taken just before the Chelmsfords' departure for England. It is accompanied by a slightly smaller full length portrait of Lady Chelmsford [7 x 10.5ins] also mounted on a photographer's card. It is signed Frances Chelmsford and the Vicereine is shown in evening dress wearing a tiara. The second portrait card is trimmed along the lower edge cutting off the photographer's credit but retainig most of the word Calcutta. The stout cards are both about 9.5 x 14 ins and they have probably at one time been in presentation frames. Portraits of this size would usually be reserved fro important visitors or hosts - ruling princes, governors, visiting royalty or high officials. Frederick John Napier Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford was advanced in the peerage to become 1st Viscount Chelmsford on his appointment as Viceroy.

Viceregal Portraits of Earl Mountbatten of Burma & Countess Mountbatten, signed 1948 08185

The two formal portraits, each 7.25 x 10ins are each signed Kinsey in pencil and remain in their original presentation frames. They are the sort of portraits that would have been given to high officials, visiting royalty both Indian and other, around the time of the Viceroy's leaving India at the end of the long period of British rule there. That of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, shows him full length standing before a throne, wearing naval full dress uniform with medals and the stars of four orders and the special ermine trimmed mantel of the Grand Master of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. It is signed in ink Mountbatten of Burma and is in a presentation frame covered in cream parchment gilt with the Mountbatten monogram within a garter wreath surmounted by a naval crown in gilt in the arched top. The frame measures 9 x 13 inches overall: the brown cloth covered backing with strut stand has the retailer’s mark of Jarrolds, Walter Jones, Sloane Street, SW1. The photograph of the Vicereine shows Lady Mountbatten standing full length in front of her throne wearing evening dress and tiara wearing the sash, badge and star of DCBE and above her medals she wears the Imperial Order of the Crown of India and the Royal Victorian Order: it is signed at the bottom Edwina Mountbatten of Burma 1948. This portrait is in a matching frame but with the monogram EM replacing that of Lord Mountbatten: the pebbled cloth back with repaired hinged strut is marked Thacker & Co Ltd, Bombay. Both frames are rather grubby and worn and have small areas of loss of parchment surface, that of the Vicereine’s with a little damage to the monogram. Although the frames are not in the pristine condition one would like this is nonetheless a scarce pair of images of the last Viceroy and his wife taken shortly before Indian independence and they are sought after by collectors with both Indian and Royalty interests.

Framed photographs of Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bengal 1939, and his wife. 08190

Lord Brabourne, GCSI, GCIE, MC. Photographed as as Governor of Bengal, 1939, wearing the robe, chain and insignia of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. The photograph [7 x 9.5ins] is signed Brabourne and mounted on card. It is framed in contemporary hard wood [9 x 12.5ins overall] fitted on the reverse with wooden strut stand and rings for hanging and leather wall protectors. The arched top has a gilt brass monogram but lacks the coronet above. Norton Cecil Knatchbull-Hugesson, 5th Baron Brabourne [1895 – 1939]. Served WW1 in Royal Artillery and in RAF, mentioned in despatches several times. He married Lady Doreen Browne, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Sligo and their second son [7th baron] married Lady Patricia Mountbatten. In the absence of the Viceroy Lord Linlithgow in England Brabourne was briefly acting Governor General. He had previously been Governor of Bombay. Doreen, Lady Brabourne, CI seated in a throne chair wearing her Order of the Crown of India, the British War Medal and Jubilee and Coronation medals. This photograph, unsigned, in a matching frame with her crest and coronet above but fills the frame with 7.5 x 10.5ins visible. The photographs have no visible photographer’s credit but are almost certainly by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta who took the large photograph. Neither has been removed from the frame because the 16 screws holding the back in place appear completely untouched since they were put together.

Lord Lytton, Viceroy of India 1876-1880. Large portrait by Bourne & Shepherd 00000925

A large photograph showing the Viceroy full length in court dress wearing the mantle and insignia of the Grand Master of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India. He stands leaning in typically casually flamboyant pose against a viceregal throne chair decorated with the badge of the order beneath an imperial crown. His distinctive solar topi rests on the seat and he holds a scroll. The photograph measures 14 x 10 inches [35.5 x26cm] and is mounted on old photographer's card. There is a very small loss to the lower right corner, a crease to the lower left corner and two marks across top left and bottom right corners which are visible in some lights. The card has, as so often, become brittle with age and the areas where it once overlapped the photograph are broken away. The reverse has the photographer's credit of Bourne & Shepherd, India on a piece of attached paper. This is a scarce image of Lytton to find in this size and dates from the 1877 Imperial Assemblage held at a Delhi Durbar where the Viceroy proclaimed Queen Victoria as Empress of India to the assembled Princes and Peoples of India. It may have been taken on the occasion of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Star of India, 1st January 1877, when four new Knights Grand Commander were appointed [the Maharao Raja of Bundi, Maharajas of Bharatpur & of Benares, abd the Prince of Arcot] together with nine KCSIs [including the Raja of Dhar, the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, the Raja of Kolharpur, and the Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra]. as ex-officio Grand master of the order Lord Lytton wears the distinctive mantle with the frequently repeated badges of the order whereas GCSIs wear it with only the large shoulder badge.

Lord Lawrence of the Punjab, Viceroy of India 1863-69 00000931

A carte de visite portrait of Lawrence by W E Debenham, 158 Regent Street, London, showing the former Viceroy full length seated at a Davenport desk studying a book. This is one of the less common views of Lawrence. The actual photograph is 88 x 58 mm.

Lord Lawrence of the Punjab, Viceroy of India 1863-69 00001140

A good cabinet card of Lord Lawrence, the former Viceroy and Governor General of India who was elevated to the Peerage at the end of his term of office. The card measures 165 x 108mm [6.5 x 4.25 ins] and is by Maull & Fox of Piccadilly - a photographer much favoured by members of the royal families of Britain and Europe. lthough we have a number of cartes de visite of John Lawrence this is the first cabinet card we have come across.

Earl of Lytton [Edward. Robert Bulwer Lytton], Viceroy of India 1876-1880 08365

An autograph letter signed Lytton, dated 15 Aug 1880, written on three sides of a small folded sheet of writing paper headed in blue Knebworth Park, Stevenage. The letter is addressed to Colonel Crichton and acknowledges the latter’s request that he lend his support to a ‘protégé’ and agrees to use his influence at the Bath School. This was written very shortly after Lytton arrived home form India. He mentions the ‘bad news from India’ which prevented their ship, the “Himalaya” from stopping at Lisbon. The identity of the Colonel Crichton remains to be discovered. Possibly it is one of the two sons of the 4th Earl of Erne who were Colonels [Hon Charles of the Grenadier Guards & Hon Henry of the 10th & 21st Hussars]. The letter is in good sound condition with one extra horizontal fold.

Earl of Lytton [Edward. Robert Bulwer Lytton], Viceroy of India 1876-1880. Carte de visite. 08366

A good carte de visite of the Viceroy, bust length, wearing civilian clothes and facing to the left in profile. The card is by Emil Rabending, k.k.Hof Photograph, Wien, on the photographer’s card and in clean condition. The card may well date from the period in the early 1870s when Lytton was serving in Vienna as a diplomat. It is the photograph which was used for a print which will be found elsewhere in this section of the website.

Curzon. Autumn Tour 1901. Col Fenn's copy. Fenn was Surgeon to the Viceroy 00001011

Autumn Tour of His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General. 1901. No printing details as usual with viceregal tour programmes but probably the viceregal press at Simla. Folding Coloured map Silc har to Manipur in front pocket [scale of 2.5 miles to 1 inch], folding coloured map of Burma on a scale of 32 miles to 1 inch in rear pocket [both maps with routes and principal towns on routed shown in red], [i contents], double page route map Silchar to Manipur on scale 18 miles to 1 inch showing heights, folding colooured map of Rangoon and Environs showing streets and principal buildings, 85pp. 12mo [4.5 x 6.25ins]. Original red full straight grain morocco gilt with title to upper board, original marbled endpapers, very sound with a little rubbing to extremities, the contents very clean. This copy has interesting, if brief, notes on some of the blank pages [not numbered] in the detailed programme section which is printed on facing pages only. The detailed contents are: Programme pp1-8; Detailed Programme pp9-23 [The tour left Simla on Nov 4th by train to Silchar, thence the party rode about 20 miles a day to Manipur. On 21st the party rode into Burma to be greeted by the Lieutenant Governor (Sir Frederick Fryer KCSI), travelling by horse, steamer and train to Mandalay (arriving 26th). Lord Curzon then visited Gokteik, Lashio, Pagan, Poinglin for duck shooting, Prome, Hmwabi, Rangoon. There a dinner party, ball, levee, etc were held. The party left in the “Hardinge” and sailed via Moulmein, arriving back in Calcutta on the 18th December.]; List of the Party pp25-26 [This was a small all male party comprising Curzon, his Military Secretary Lt Col the Hon E Baring, Surgeon Lt Col E F Fenn, Foreign Secretary H S Barnes, and two aides de camp Capt Lord Suffolk & Capt C Wigram. Others joined for parts of the tour and Lady Curzon left Simla a month after Curzon to travel to Rangoon on the “Hardinge”]; Composition of special Trains pp27-34; Timetables pp35-36; Steamer arrangements pp37-39; Carriage arrangements at Mandalay & Rangoon pp40-41; List of Officials at princioal places visited pp42-47; Troops on duty at various points pp48-52; Inward and Outward Mails pp53-56; Distances p 52; Telegram Arrangements pp57-58; HE Lady Curzon’s journey from Simla to Rangoon p59; Notes on the places to be visited pp60-85. Study of the manuscript entries in a neat hand in ink lead to the conclusion that this copy was used by Curzon’s Surgeon, Lt Col Ernest Harold Fenn, CIE. The notes are terse but cast interesting sidelights on the tour. In Assam Fenn stayed with Capt Halliday and notes that the Planters’ Dinner was “great success. H.E dragged home by Planters”. In Manipur he stayed at the Residency with Col May, met Lumsden and “Various tribes of Nagas came in to see H.E. most weird dresses. Angamis, Toukals, Kukis, Semmas”. At Mandalay he dined in the RAMC Mess at 8.30 and at Kyaukee shipe shooting he notes “Shot 80 couple, lost a great many, paddy not cut.” [life is never perfect even when you very important]. This is a particularly special autumn tour because of its strenuous nature and travel to remote parts. One of the maps indicates a print run of 60 and the number of programmes produced like this will not have extended far beyond the official party. All these autumn tour books are hard to find. This one has now been through our hands twice and we have only come across one other example in the last 25 years. .

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Marquess of Ripon [Viceroy of India 1880-1884] 00001041

An autograph letter signed Ripon and dated London January 27th 1887. Although the recipient is not mentioned by name we know, from its provenance, that it was written to HH Nawab Shah Jahan, G.C.S.I., C.I., Begum of Bhopal. This is a simple letter of New Year good wishes prompted by a letter that Lord Ripon had received from the Begum. It is written on the first side of a bifolium. The gutter margin has small holes where it has been stab sewn into a folder and the final blank page has some brown paper attached to the top inch.

Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, Viceroy of India 1894-1899 08451

An original photographic portrait of the Earl of Elgin after his appointment as Viceroy and Governor General of India in 1894. The bust length portrait shows the Viceroy in ceremonial Court Dress uniform wearing the neck badge, star and sash of the Order of the Star of India, the breast star of the Order of the Indian Empire and the medal for Queen Victoria's 1887 Jubilee. It measures 4 x 5.5ins [10 x 14cm] and is mounted on a photographer's card and signed and dated on the mount Elgin 1894 (overall size 12 x 16cm. Signed portraits of Viceroys of this era are not easily come by and this one is particularly attractive for being signed at the beginning of his period of office. Elgin is noted as avoiding wearing uniform whenever possible. Viscount Mersey's "The Viceroys" [John Murray 1949] uses a different (later) portrait. This photograph originally came to us from a descendant of Lord Elgin’s daughter who married his private secretary, Sir Henry Babington Smith.

Marquess of Lansdowne. Viceroy 1888-1894. A vintage photographic signed post card portrait 08452

The portrait shows Lord Lansdowne half length, seated, wearing court dress with the stars of the Order of the Garter and the Star of India. It dates from the period after 1900 when Lansdowne pursued a successful political career.The card has not been postally used and was produced in the Rotary Photographic Series.

Scarce work on Viceregal Establishments at the time of independence 00001123

Howes, Peter: VICEREGAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN INDIA. Printed by The Governor General’s Press (New Delhi) 1949. Quarto [11½ x 9ins]. Original beige cloth titled in black to front board and spine. Coloured frontis [Viceroy’s House, New Delhi 26pp text and appendixes, 8 unpaginated pages titled on facing side only as if prepared for images which were never included, 14 unpaginated pages each with a floor plan on the facing side and stamped on the verso REPRODUCED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE, INTELLIGENCE ROOM. Cloth to rear board somewhat marked but otherwise a very clean copy with no previous ownership marks and retaining tissue guard to frontispiece. The chapters are titled: 1. The Viceroy’s House, New Delhi; 2. Staff and Servants employed in Viceroy’s House, New Delhi; 3. Viceregal Establishment – Simla; 4. Viceregal Establishment – Calcutta; 5. The Viceroy’s Trains; 6. The Governor-General’s Body Guard; 7. Security Measures in Viceregal Establishments; 8. Statement showing annual cost of the Viceregal Establishments in Delhi. Appendix I gives a three page lift of Staff and II gives a historic list of the Governors General and Viceroys. The plans show: Viceregal Estates in Delhi, Viceroy’s House [1st and 2nd floors], site plan of Belvedere House & Grounds Calcutta, site plans of Belvedere ground & 1st floors], Lay-out of Viceregal Estates Simla, Viceregal Lodge Simla [ground, 1st and 2nd floors], Viceregal Lodge ground entrée, Entrance and Library Floor Plan of Council Chamber at Viceregal Lodge Simla. The absence of the intended plates is most probably to be explained by the publication taking place at the very end of British rule and it is rather surprising that the Viceregal Press was still able to turn this out during the chaos of transfer of power. A very scarce and unusual publication. The author/compiler, Peter Howes, writes a foreword in which he states: “The purpose of this book is to place on record cdrtain facts and figures regarding what is probably the last of the great establishments of this sort in the world. It is felt that in years to come these facts and figures may well seem so unusual to our grandsons and great grandsons as to be of real interest to them.” Lieutenant Commander P. N. Howes appears as the senior Aide de Camp to The Viceroy Lord Mountbatten and to have served in the role from 24th March 1947 to 20th June 1948.