GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia with FM Sir Philip Chetwode and senior officers, circa 1933


GWALIOR. Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior with Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, Commander in Chief India. An original photograph, early 1930s. A good original group portrait by Diaz Studios showing the Maharaja “George” Jayaji Rao Scindia of Gwalior with the Commander in Chief India, Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode (later 1st Baron Chetwode). The Maharaja is wearing wearing a turban and Chetwode a solar topi. They are shown in the centre of a large group of officers wearing service dress with medals. The British officer in white next to the ruler is probably Resident. The Maharaja was named George after King George V and his family were one of the staunchest supporters of the British Crown in India. Chetwode was an ex-cavalryman who served in the 19th Hussars and was later colonel of that regiment as well as of the Royal Scots Greys. His daughter, Penelope, married the poet John Betjeman. The photograph is unmounted and measures 10.5 x 7 ins and now unmounted and there are four marks on the reverse where it has been tipped by the corners to an old grey album leaf. There is a small closed tear at the lower edge and a few brown marks at the lower right corner. This photograph came from a large dilapidated album produced for the Maharaja in the 1930s.  SOLD January 5th 2019