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Portrait of Jung Bahadoor in his summer dress with his two elder sons, Generals in Nepalese Army

Portrait of Jung Bahadoor in his summer dress with his two elder sons, Generals in Nepalese Army

Photographer: Taylor, Clarence Comyn

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 855/(16)

Item number: 85516

Length: 24

Width: 28.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Jang Bahadur Rana, flanked by his sons; 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 XVI in Taylor's 'List of Pictures', this portrait of Jang Bahadur (1816-1877), the virtual ruler of Nepal, who was its Prime Minister and Commander-In-Chief from 1846 to 1877, shows him in his everyday summer costume with his two elder sons, Jagat Jang and Jit Jang. Jang Bahadur had planned a hereditary Prime Ministership, but Jagat Jang was prevented from assuming office by his uncles and one of them, Ranodip Singh, took the post in 1877 on Jang Bahadur's death. Both Jagat Jang and Ranodip Singh were murdered in 1885 by the sons of the youngest of Jang Bahadur's brothers, Dhir Shamsher.

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