JODHPUR MARWAR. H. H. Maharaja Sardar Singh in cavalry uniform

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JODHPUR.  H. H. Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur, 10 x 7½ ins, mounted on an old blue-green photographer’s card without photographer’s credit. The card is chipped and damaged around the edges but the portrait is well toned and in generally good condition apart from a small area of surface loss just above his left epaulette. The Maharaja was born in 1880 and died young in 1911. This three quarter length image shows His Highness in very confident pose wearing a colonel’s uniform of the British 10th  Royal Hussars (The Prince of Wales’s Own) with an aiguillette over the right shoulder suggesting he was an Honorary Aide de Camp to the King Emperor or H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. He also carries the 1831 scimitar style general officer’s pattern sword worn usually with slight variations, by some staff officers and high political officers in India. The portrait may well date from around the time of the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The King was Colonel of the 10th Hussars, a regiment much favoured by Royalty and the British aristocracy. The Maharaja was a noted polo player but his life of extravagance, much evidenced by his splendid clothes, led to his being temporarily exiled from Jodhpur in 1902, with his ruling powers gradually reintroduced from 1905. He was created K.C.S.I. in 1908 and advanced to Knight Grand Commander in 1910. He was succeeded by his very young son, Sumer Singh who was a page at the 1911 Delhi Durbar and whose minority was overseen by Sardar Singh’s brother Sir Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Idar.  Jodhpur is the largest state in Rajasthan.  SOLD 1st June 2021

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