H.H. The Maharajah Kishen Singh, son of Ram Singh. Present ruler of Bharatpore State
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of (Sir) Kishan Singh, Maharaja of Bharatpur, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a full-length portrait of the Maharaja, dressed in formal robes and turban. He is probably two or three years old in this
photograph. Kishan Singh was a descendant of the Sinsini Jat Badan Singh, who founded the dynasty when he became the first Raja of Dig in 1722. Badan Singh's son, Suraj Mal (r.1733-63), founded Bharatpur as the state capital in 1733 and raised the Jat power to its zenith, sacking Delhi in 1753 and capturing Agra in 1761. Kishan Singh was born in 1899 and succeeded as a minor in 1900 when his father Ram Singh was deposed for killing one of his servants. While a
minor, the administration of the state was carried out by a council under the supervision and general control of the British Political Agent. He ruled from 1918 until his death in 1929.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.