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Portrait of Jung Bahadoor in his fur coat and diamond belts &c

Portrait of Jung Bahadoor in his fur coat and diamond belts &c

Photographer: Taylor, Clarence Comyn

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 855/(15)

Item number: 85515

Length: 29

Width: 24.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Jang Bahadur Rana; 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. No XV in Taylor's List of pictures, this portrait of Jang Bahadur is the earliest known photograph of him taken in Kathmandu. The virtual ruler of Nepal, he was Prime Minister and Commander-In-Chief from 1846 to 1877. In the photograph he is also wearing the badge of the Knight Grand Order of the Bath, which was awarded to him by the British in 1858, for helping them during the Indian Uprising of 1857.

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