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SIAM (THAILAND): Chulalongkorn, King of Siam (1853-1910).

SIAM (THAILAND): Chulalongkorn, King of Siam (1853-1910).

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(40)

Item number: 40

Length: 8.3

Width: 5.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Full-length seated carte de visite portrait taken from the 'Album of cartes de visite portraits of Indian rulers and notables' by Bourne and Shepherd during King Chulalongkorn's visit to Mumbai in 1872. Chulalongkorn was born on September 21st 1853 in Bangkok, succeeded to Thailand's throne in 1868 and died on October 23rd 1910. Chulalongkorn is credited with bringing about many important reforms. These included the establishment of modern law codes, the centralisation of administration and major financial reforms. Other achievements were the country's first railway line, completed in 1900, Chulalongkorn University, established in 1902, the abolition of slavery in 1905 and in 1907 the safeguarding of Thailand's sovereignty against European encroachment.

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