Portrait of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (r. 1873-95) - 2004.51.1_3


Portrait of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (r. 1873-95)

Maker: Johnston & Hoffman
Medium:Albumen print
Geography: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, South Asia
Date: 1880-1889
33 x 24.5 cm
Object number: 2004.51.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the South Asia Research and Acquisition Fund
Not on view
DescriptionThis portrait of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II taken later in life is by the firm Johnston & Hoffman. Several poses during this sitting are known to exist, They  have circulated as reprints and have served as the basis for painted photographic portraits and paintings, such as the oil on canvas by artist Bert Harris in 1895 in the collection of Umaid Bhawan (UBP 101). Maharaja Jaswant Singh II was the ruler of Jodhpur (Marwar) from 1873 to 1895, during the height of the British colonial period in India. While Jodhpur remained an independent kingdom, this required negotiation with British authorities, including a pledge of loyalty and attendance at their dubar ceremonies. He attended the 1877 Imperial Durbar at which Queen Victoria was given the title "Empress of India" (see photo portrait of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II taken at the Durbar, ROM 2007.17.24.55 and 2007.17.24.236). At the ceremony, he received a banner, two commemorative swords, and the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India.
South Asia
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