VIJAYANAGARAM, Vijayaram Gajapatiraj, Maharaja of Vijayanagaram (d.1879).
Photographer: Schwarzschild and Company, Ferdinand
Medium: Photographic print
Full-length standing carte-de-visite portrait of Vijayaram Gajapatiraj (d. 1879), Maharaja of Vijayanagaram, from the Album of cartes de visite portraits of Indian rulers and notables, taken by Ferdinand Schwarzschild and Company, early 1870s. Vizianagram was an estate in the modern state of Andhra Pradesh and was ruled by the family founded by Pusapati Rachiraju in late 16th century. Maharaja Sir Vijayram Gajapathi Raju Bahadur was born in 1826 and succeeded to the throne in 1845 and reigned till his death in 1879. He was made a Knight Commander of the Star of India. With Independence in 1947 the princely states merged into the republic of India and in 1971 the royal families were derecognised by Constitution.