The Raja of Putteealla on his state elephant
Artist: Eden, Emily
This lithograph was made from plate 6 of Emily Eden's 'Portraits of the Princes and People of India'. Eden wrote of the Raja of Patiala: "[He] is the chief of the largest of the Sikh Principalities on the South Bank of the Sutlej which owe allegiance to the British Government and are under its protection ... the revenues of the Raja of Putteealla are supposed to be from £300,000 to £400,000 a year." Patiala had collaborated with the British against Ranjit Singh (the ruler of the Sikh nation) and entered into a treaty with them in 1809 when Lord Minto was Governor General. At this time both the British and Ranjit Singh were vying to extend control over the states between the Sutlej and the Jamuna rivers.