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[Five vignettes of Junagadh Nawab's and state officials.]

[Five vignettes of Junagadh Nawab's and state officials.]

Photographer: Nelson, F.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 2/6(70)

Item number: 2670

Length: 29.8

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photographs of various Nawabs 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). He was the first of a line of Nawabs from the Muslim Babi dynasty who ruled Junagadh from the 18th to the 20th century. The five portrait vignettes are mounted in a floral oval and crowned with a coat of arms, which reads: “Advance Australia”. Below this is the word, “Saurashtra”, the name of the peninsula which forms the bulk of Gujarat. The portraits are as follows: (top) Mahabat Khan (r.1851-1882), (centre) Bahadur Khan (r.1882-1892), (bottom) Rasul Khan (r.1892-1911), (left) unidentified, (right) Baha-ud-din, a Vazir of Junagadh.

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