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Delhi Coronation Durbar 1st January 1903
Place of Origin: India, Delhi
Date: 1903
Object Name: Photograph album
Materials: Photographs (albumen prints) mounted on paper in leather-bound album
Dimensions: H. 15 3/8 in x W. 18 1/4 in x Th. 2 1/4 in, H. 39.1 cm x W. 46.4 cm x Th. 5.7 cm
Credit Line: From the Collection of William K. Ehrenfeld, M.D.
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Photography
Object Number: 2005.64.159
On Display: No

Description

Label: In India in the late 1800s, photography became a popular means to represent and document royalty. This album, compiled by European observers, commemorates the 1903 durbar, a celebration to honor the succession of King Edward VII to the post of Emperor of India. The two-week event included parades, dances, and exhibitions, and was an extravagant display of wealth and status. Edward VII was not present at the celebration in Delhi, but the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh rulers of various Indian princely states were invited, and this album presents portraits of many of those in attendance. The page seen here shows images of Maharaja Pratap Singh of Jammu and Kashmir (left) and his brother Raja Amar Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. These photographic portraits and the portraits of Sikh maharajas on view elsewhere in the gallery display similar codes of dress and posture to convey the status of their sitters.

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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery

"Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009) and "Photographic Memories" Rotation 2 (Tateuchi Gallery, August 27, 2009 - January 17, 2010)

"Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts", Art Gallery of Ontario (11/20/2010-4/3/2011), Asian Art Museum (10/21/2011-4/8/2012), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (5/19/2012-8/19/2012)

"Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs", Asian Art Museum, 3/10/2017 - 6/18/2017
Label: In India in the late 1800s, photography became a popular means to represent and document royalty. This album, compiled by European observers, commemorates the 1903 durbar, a celebration to honor the succession of King Edward VII to the post of Emperor of India. The two-week event included parades, dances, and exhibitions, and was an extravagant display of wealth and status. Edward VII was not present at the celebration in Delhi, but the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh rulers of various Indian princely states were invited, and this album presents portraits of many of those in attendance. The page seen here shows images of Maharaja Pratap Singh of Jammu and Kashmir (left) and his brother Raja Amar Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. These photographic portraits and the portraits of Sikh maharajas on view elsewhere in the gallery display similar codes of dress and posture to convey the status of their sitters.
Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery

"Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009) and "Photographic Memories" Rotation 2 (Tateuchi Gallery, August 27, 2009 - January 17, 2010)

"Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts", Art Gallery of Ontario (11/20/2010-4/3/2011), Asian Art Museum (10/21/2011-4/8/2012), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (5/19/2012-8/19/2012)

"Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs", Asian Art Museum, 3/10/2017 - 6/18/2017