Annan Messee, a converted Hindoo. The Rajah of Nahun and his two Sons
Artist: Eden, Emily
This lithograph is taken from plate 21 of Emily Eden's 'Portraits of the Princes and People of India'. Nahan was a province in the Himalayan region, and is today a district in Himachal Pradesh. The Raja of Nahan and his sons were sketched by Eden when they met the Governor-General, Lord Auckland, who was Eden's brother.
Emily described the figure of Anand Masih in the second image: "Anund Musseeh is a man of considerable notoriety and interest in the Upper Provinces of Bengal. He is a native convert to Christianity, who was brought to renounce the Hindoo faith by the argument of a British clergyman at the station of Meerut. He now labours as a preacher among his countrymen, and is a man of remarkable suavity and prepossessing address of elocution. The word 'Musseeh' which he has adopted in his new name, is an Arabic one, identical with the 'Messiah' of our Bibles'."