Delhi Durbar, 1903. The Elephant Procession approaching the Jama Masjid
Original vintage photograph, 11.2 ins x 7.8 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered in the negative 131, the number repeated on the printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image 131 ELEPHANT PROCESSION. Viceroy approaching Jama Masjid, some fading from top but still a very clear image. The card is broken across one corner but this does not affect the image. This view, taken from a high position on Jama Masjid, looks down on the scene as Lord Curzon’s elephant approaches the turn in front of the great mosque. The Viceroy is acknowledging salutes and Lady Curzon is smiling from beneath her parasol. Already turned are the two preceding elephants bearing the Viceroy’s secretaries and aides de camp; behind his elephant is that of the Duke of Connaught (giving precedence to the Viceroy in India). The long column of elephants bearing Indian rulers snakes away into the distance towards the walls of the Red Fort. The Viceroy’s massive elephant. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 666. ELEPHANT PROCESSION. Head of Procession with 4th Dragoon Guards. taken from the same viewpoint. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photgraphs put together by Deen Dayal’s studios. The Viceroy’s elephant, Luchman, had been loaned by the Maharaja of Benares and the howday used was that used by Lord Lytton in 1877 at the Imperial Assemblage. A picture here shows the howdah today as it is on loan to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
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