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The fabulous wealth of India - native Princes in the grand State Entry, Durbar, Delhi, India

The fabulous wealth of India - native Princes in the grand State Entry, Durbar, Delhi, India

Photographer: Ricalton, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1903

Shelfmark: Photo 181/(81)

Item number: 81

Length: 8.9

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the Delhi Durbar Procession, held to commemorate King Edward VII's Coronation, taken by James Ricalton in 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907): "You will notice the elephants are marching two abreast; the great blanket on the first elephant on the right is of heavy tufted silk on the outside, lined with red silk and bordered with silk-thread embroidery. The head-dress is of the same material is of the same material with a border in dark rich colours surmounted with inlaid silver discs; a long string of silver bells extends around the breast; beside the bells of silver he wears a heavy necklace of solid silver...The base of the howdah is of splendid repoussé copper-work, the pillars of silver, the band around the canopy of engraved silver; the arches around the howdah are trimmed with silk." Ricalton's view was taken near the Jami Masjid, looking north-east towards the fort. This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, which were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.

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