House of Sumroo Sahib, Bhurtpore, used as Dispensary
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the House of Sumroo Sahib at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, taken by the commercial studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. It is likely that 'Sumroo Sahib' refers either to the French mercenary Walter Reinhardt (d.1778), known as Samru or Sombre for his swarthy complexion, or to his great-grandson, David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre (1808-1851), the adopted son and heir of Reinhardt's wife, the remarkable and famous Begum Samru (d.1836). At his death, Reinhart held the fiefdom of Sardhana in nearby Uttar Pradesh and property in Bharatpur among other places. Ochterlony died in London and was buried in Sardhana. By the time this photograph was taken, the house seems to have been used as a medical dispensary.