Jung Bahadoor with his principal wife, 2 daughters and slave girls
Photographer: Taylor, Clarence Comyn
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Jang Bahadur Rana with his principal wife Hiranyagarbha Kumari, two daughters and attendants; part of a collection of albumen prints taken by Clarence Comyn Taylor between 1863-65, which constitute the earliest photographs of Nepal. Taylor, a soldier in the East India Company's army, was badly wounded in the Indian Uprising of 1857 and turned to Political Service, arriving in Kathmandu in 1863 as Assistant Resident. At this time the British had started a project to document the people and monuments of the Indian sub-continent using photography. Taylor fortuitously was a capable photographer and took images of Nepal for the Government of India.
This image is No. XVII in Taylor's List of Pictures. Jang Bahadur (1816-1877), the virtual ruler of Nepal, was its Prime Minister and Commander-In-Chief from 1846-1877. He had married Hiranyagarbha Kumari, his second wife, in 1839, and she was the mother of his two eldest sons.