A young hill raja
Artist: Eden, Emily
This lithograph is taken from plate 10 of Emily Eden's 'Portraits of the Princes and People of India'. Eden wrote: "A Young Hill Raja, or ruler of one of the Petty States into which the Mountainous Provinces around Simla are divided. The people in that tract are often remarkable for great regularity and handsomeness of features ... and this young Chief was a good looking, pleasing boy."
>The hill states of the Himalayan foothills had been brought under British rule after the Gurkha Wars in the first quarter of the 19th century. During Lord Auckland's expedition to the Punjab to meet Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Sikhs, he and his sisters Emily and Frances Eden rested for some months at Simla, repeating their stay on the reverse journey.