King Thibaw's Prime Minister
Photographer: Beato, Felice (1825-c.1907)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of King Thibaw’s Prime Minister, Burma (Myanmar), taken by Felice Beato in c.1890. The photograph is credited to him on the basis of the background, which appears in a number of Beato studio photographs. The image is a full-length portrait, showing the minister seated at a table with a younger man standing behind him, against a studio backdrop. The location is presumably Mandalay, the last Burmese royal capital, after the fall of the Burmese monarchy and the loss of Burmese independence to British India in 1886. Thibaw was the last king of Burma and ruled from 1878 until 1885, when Mandalay was occupied by the British during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, which culminated in the annexation of Upper Burma. On 1 January 1886 Burma became a province of British India and Thibaw and his queen Supayalat were exiled to Madras in India. The photograph is from an album devoted almost entirely to Lord Elgin's Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.