[Portrait of the] Maharaja of Bickaneer, [Sir Ganga Singh]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Sir Ganga Singh, the Maharaja of Bikaner in Rajasthan, from the Elgin Collection, taken by an unknown photographer during the Viceroy Lord Elgin's 'Autumn Tour 1896'. Ganga Singh (1887-1943) was known for his enlightened views on modernisation. He instigated an extensive building programme in the city, including the Lalgarh Palace and the Ganga Niwas. He was also the founder of the Bikaner Camel Corps, now part of the Indian Army's Border Security Force, which served in China, Somaliland, Egypt and the Middle East as part of the British Army in India.