Delhi Durbar, 1911. A two part panoramic view of Durbar Camps by night, with other related photos


The two part panoramic photograph [21 x 4.5ins opened] is pasted by the rear of the second part to an old card leaf. There is a crease across the top left corner but this rather unusual panorama gives a good idea of the vast extent of the tented city that was necessary for the Delhi Coronation Durbar. The reverse has a 9 x 4.5ins view of the presentation of regimental colours which took place on Monday 11th December – a little faded. The small but very clear images [3 x 2ins approx] include H.M. The King landing at Bombay; Durbar Naval Detachment landing at Bombay; Highland Light Infantry led by the Pipes; Feu de Joie; 2/39th Garhwal Rifles coming through the Kashmir Gate. One image showing two field officers riding past the Kashmir Gate is so clear that one can read the notice DANGEROUS. DRIVE AT WALKING PACE. The page came from an album belonging to Brigadier Guy Rowland Mainwaring, D.S.O. of the Royal Garhwal Rifles (serving 1906-1938) who, as a young lieutenant, was with the detachment from the 1/39 Garhwal Rifles at the Durbar.

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