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H.E. the Viceroy's elephants, Benares

H.E. the Viceroy's elephants, Benares

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 15/10(40)

Item number: 40

Length: 17.7

Width: 27.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of state elephants, with ceremonial howdahs, at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the 1870s. These highly caparisoned elephants, seen here with their drivers, or mahouts, belonged to the entourage of the Viceroy of India. Succeeding Viceroys, throughout the nineteenth century, appropriated the traditional trappings of Imperial India to reinforce their position as the rulers of the sub-continent, and attended Durbars riding on these richly adorned animals.

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