ALWAR: Sheodan Singh, Raja of Alwar (1845-1874). 38
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Portrait of Sheodan Singh (1845-1874), Raja of Alwar from the 'Album of cartes de visite portraits of Indian rulers and notables' taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the early 1870s. The Princely state of Alwar, in Rajasthan, was founded by the Maharaja Pratap Singh in the 18th Century by pushing back the Jats of Bharatpur. Maharaja Pratap Singh was from a branch of Kucchwaha Rajput clan which was the same as the Jaipur royal family. Shedon Singh succeeded as a minor in 1857 and reigned from 1863 until his death in October 1874. Alwar was one of the first rajput states to ally itself with the British however during Shedon Singh's reign there was a Rajput uprising against the British. In response from 1870 Shedon Singh was deprived of actual power and a council was given ruling power.