[Group portrait with the Nawab of Junagadh and state officials.]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Nawab of Junagadh and state officials, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson during the 1890s. The album is inscribed: “With best compliments from H.H. Rasulkhanji, Nawab of Junagadh (India)” and was formerly in the collection of Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1912), who served in the Indian Civil Service and was a Member of the Council of India between 1902 and 1912.
The Princely State of Junagadh was founded in 1735 by Muhammed Sher Khan Babi (r.1748-1758) and was subsequently ruled by his descendents, the Babis, a Muslim dynasty who styled themselves Nawabs. This full-length group portrait shows the Nawab Bahadur Khan III (r.1882-1892), seated in the centre on an elaborately carved chair. The following individuals are named: “Mr Haridas Viharidas, late Diwan; HH Bahadur Khanji, GCIE, late Nawab Sahib; Bahauddin bhai, CIE, Vazier Sahib [and] Mr Purusholtumrai S. Zala, Naib Diwan”.