A large portrait of a young Maharaja of Alwar on his horse, by Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta


A very attractive and large equestrian portrait of a young prince. The image measures 11.5 x 9.5 ins [297 x 238mm] and is mounted on a large printed photographer’s card [16 x 11.75ins] of Johnston & Hoffmann of Calcutta, Simla, Darjeeling, and Rangoon. We have not yet been able to identify the sitter or the location for absolute certainty but it seems that he is Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar [1882-1937]. The horse’s shabraque has a heraldic horse beneath what may well be a monogram although that is partly obscured by a saddle cloth. Jai Singh succeeded his father as a Minor in 1892 and the age of the sitter would appear to put the photograph at about that time. As a youth he showed great promise, he studied at Mayo College, and was regarded as being charming and erudite but in later life his character declined to the extent that he was removed from his throne and exiled by the British. The style of the photographer’s card suggests a date around the 1890s  .

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