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The Rao Raja [of Alwar] and his court.

The Rao Raja [of Alwar] and his court.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(52)

Item number: 97152

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. A rather dark print showing the young raja of Alwar, Sheodan Singh (ruled 1857-74), seated on a cushion, with his officials in two rows on either side of him. In James Fergusson's description: 'The Rao Raja is seated in state, covered with jewels and surrounded by his principal officers and nobles, who are mostly Rajpoots of the Cushwaha [Kachhwaha] tribe, to which he himself also belongs.' The princely state of Alwar is in the north-east of Rajasthan, bordering the Delhi region. Alwar's strategic position resulted in it changing hands several times, it was fought over by the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Jats from the 10th to the 19th centuries. Impey, a skilled photographer who had served in the 5th Bengal Cavalry was Political Agent at Alwar in 1858.

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