His Highness the Maharaja of Rewa

His Highness the Maharaja of Rewa


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Raja Deen Dayal

(Indian, 1844–1905)

Albumen print

Image: 26.7 x 20.3 cm (10 1/2 x 8 in.); Paper: 26.7 x 20.3 cm (10 1/2 x 8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.266.17



Deen Dayal’s status as an Indian person may have helped him gain access to Indian rulers at the start of his career. The year before he received the patronage of British officials, Deen Dayal photographed ten-year-old Venkat Raman Singh (1876–1918; reigned 1880–1918), the Maharaja of Rewa. The studio portrait reveals the boy beneath the crown. He straddles a Western-style chair that is too tall for him, curling under his stockinged feet so they touch the floor. One of his many necklaces holds a painted or photographic portrait similar to the portrait jewel pendant in the nearby case.

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Albumen print

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