H. R. H. The Duke and Dutchess of Connaught with H. H. the Nizam, Minister and Party, from A Souvenir from Nawab Sir Asman Jah, Hyderabad (Deccan), 1895 album - ROM2012_13053_22


H. R. H. The Duke and Dutchess of Connaught with H. H. the Nizam, Minister and Party, from A Souvenir from Nawab Sir Asman Jah, Hyderabad (Deccan), 1895 album

Maker: Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905)
Medium:albumen print on board with letter press caption
Geography: Secunderabad, Telangana, India
Date: 1889 (photo), 1895 (album)
20 x 29.3 cm
Object number: 2007.17.18.22
Credit Line: Cyrus and Ruth Jhabvala Collection. This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view

Sir Asman Jah (1839-1898) was a noble belonging to the Paigah family. He was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad state from 1887 to 1894 under the 6th Nizam Sir Mir Mahboob Ali Khan (1866-1911, r. 1869-1911). He built the famous Bashir Bagh and Asman Garh palaces, which hosted a number of visiting foreign dignataries. This album was produced upon his retirement to commemorate his career. He seemed to love photography and understood how to use the new technology to promote his image and that of Hyderabad.

Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905) was one of the most well-known photographers in South Asia during his lifetime. He was born in Sardhana, near Meerut, in what is the current Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. From 1864-1866, he was educated at Thomason Civil Engineering College at Roorkee, graduating with honors from the Lower Subordinate Class with a prize in Surveying. He worked as Draftsman and Estimator in the office of the Chief Engineer, Public Works Department of the Central India Agency stationed at Indore and was promoted to Head Estimator by 1875. He started taking photographs in 1874 and received recognition during the visit of Governor General Lord Northbrooke to Indore in the Automn of 1875 and subsequently during the visit of the Prince of Wales in March 1876. During this period, Dayal's photography consisted of military exercises and architectural and landscape views related to his work in the Public Works Department, including documenting the restoration of the early Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. In addition, he did portraits through his Indore studio. From 1885-1887, he took a furlough from his government position to conduct a photographic tour across North India and explore the possibility of a commerial photographic business. Throughout his career, Dayal forged relationships with many prominent figures who served as important contacts; among his patrons were the Agents in Central India, Henry Daly and Sir Lepel Griffin; the Maharajas of Dhar and Gwalior; Viceroys Dufferin, Lansdowne, and Curzon; and the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army Sir Frederick Roberts. In 1887, he visited the princely territory of Hyderabad and had settled there by 1888, establishing a studio in the catonment town of Secunderabad which expanded considerably in the course of the nineteenth century to include his sons and other staff photographers under the firm's name Lala Deen Dayal & Sons. He was made the official photographer to the Sixth Nizam of Hyderabad Mahbub Mir Ali Khan by receiving the title of "Raja Mussavir Jung Bahadur" in 1894 and in 1897, received the Royal Warrant appointing his studio as photographers to Queen Victoria . In January of 1897, he opened a highly successful and lavish studio in Bombay called Raja Deen Dayal & Sons, which was visited by the elite of the city. Over the years, the Dayal Studio produced about 30,000 images documenting the important individuals and events of the late 19th century and noteworthy for their composition, tonal quality and clarity. Dayal died July 5th 1905, after being ill for several months, and his studios remained open after his death under the management of his son Gyan Chand and later grandson Ami Chand.

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