Delhi Durbar 1903. The Imperial Cadet Corps, mounted, led by General H. H. Sir Pratap Singh


Original vintage photograph by Deen Dayal Studio of Bombay, 8 ins x 5.8 ins, mounted on half a card album leaf, numbered 349 in the negative, the number repeated on the printed letterpress title on mounted label beneath the image 349 CADET CORPS. Imperial Cadet Corps on the March, very little fading, a good clear photograph. This print shows the young princes of the Imperial Cadet Corps in their distinctive uniform, mounted (apparently stationary despite the caption) with drawn swords. At the head of the double column are the clearly distinguishable figures of Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Idar (Regent of Jodhpur) and Major Watson [seconded from the Central India Horse], the Commandant (the former slightly smiling, the latter with his usual sternly serious mood). The location appears to be within the camp area. The reverse of the card has a similarly sized view No 424 .”Field Battery.” This view, very unfaded, shows a battery of Field Artillery parading with their guns past the saluting point on the day of the Military Review, the mounted figure of Lord Curzon clearly visible as he takes the salute, surrounded by mounted aides de camp, etc. This leaf has been removed from a disbound album of Durbar photographs put together by Deen Dayal’s studios. The grey card mount is a little chipped but retains wide enough margins to allow for window mounting retaining the title. At this time the Corps included 5 ruling princes [Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Jaora, Rutlam, and Dhoplur] and princes from Atari, Kama, Bhavnagar, Jodhpur, Gandoz, Jaipur, Virpur, Kota, Weir, Rutlam, Tonk, Chota Udaipur, Hoti, Sardargarh, and Palanpur. We can provide the purchaser with a list of all the members of the Corps at Delhi in 1903.  SOLD 18th May 2019