Balrampur: Sir Digbijai Singh, Maharaja of Balrampur (1818-1882).
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Head-and-shoulders carte-de-visite portrait, a detail from a larger photograph of Sir Digbijai Singh, Maharaja of Balrampur (1818-1882) from the 'Album of cartes de visite portraits of Indian rulers and notables' by Bourne and Shepherd, early 1870s.
Balrampur, now in Uttar Pradesh, was the largest talukdari estate in Awadh and the holders were from the Janwar Rajput clan. Digbijai Singh came to rule in 1836, and was rewarded by the British for his loyalty to them during the Uprising of 1857. He received larger territory, the title of Maharaja Bahadur and was made a Knight Commander of the Star of India. On his death in 1882 he was succeeded by his widow.