Rajput Chiefs in Procession and the 1903 Delhi Durbar - 2006.27.1.13_1


Rajput Chiefs in Procession and the 1903 Delhi Durbar

Maker: Raja Deen Dayal & Sons
Medium:gelatin silver printing out paper
Geography: Delhi, India, South Asia
Date: 1903
Ht. 20 x Wt. 28.4 cm
Object number: 2006.27.1.13
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the South Asia Research and Acquisitions Fund
Not on view
DescriptionThe 1903 Delhi Durbar marked the accession of Edward VII to the British throne and to the title "Emperor of India." Organized by Viceroy Curzon and held in Delhi's Coronation Park, the pagentery took place over a two week period and included an exhibition, giving of honors and medals, a military review, army manouevers that tested new weaponry, a sports competition, and a proclamation read by the King's brother who attended, the Duke of Connaught. This image shows part of the elephant procession which passed by Delhi's Great Mosque (Jama Masjid) built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It shows the Chiefs of the Princely States in the Rajputana Agency (today the Indian state of Rajasthan), which included Udaipur/Mewar, Bikaner, Bundi, Jaipur/Amber, Kotah, Jodhpur/Marwar, and Rewa. This image is part of an album of photographs of the 1903 Delhi Durbar produced for the Nizam of Hyderabad by the photo studio of Raja Deen Dayal & Sons. A large order of albums was not made by the Nizam's Government, as the studio was hoping, and thus only a few albums were ever made. As well, the Dayal studio was never able to fully recover from the expense of setting up in Delhi and producing the sumptuous album, which, by 1903, was becoming an outed format. Among the new technologies at the 1903 durbar recording the festivities was an early version of the film camera.
South Asia
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