Half-length seated portrait of Thakur Lukhdeer Singh, a Rajput chieftain of Ulwar.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
Half-length seated portrait of Thakur Lukhdeer Singh, a Rajput chieftain of Alwar, taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey in the early 1860s. This photograph, from Archaeological Survey of India Collections, was shown at the 1867 Paris Exhibition.
The state of Alwar in Rajasthan was founded by the Rajput Pratap Singh (1740-1791). He traced his lineage to Bar Singh, the eldest son of the Udai Karan, Raja of Amber in the second half of the 14th century. The domain of the state of Alwar, esatablished by Pratap Singh, was increased by his adopted son Bakhtawar Singh. Rajputs are members of the Kshatriya caste, or warrior caste whose divine duty, or dharma, is to fight.