Delhi Durbar 1911. Five views of Durbar day showing the King Emperor with his Indian Prince Pages


An old card album sheet with 5 interesting small oblong images of Durbar events [each approx 6 x 3ins]. Although quite small these are particularly clear and evocative scenes taken on Durbar Day itself, 12th December 1911. One shows the central Durbar dais with the Heralds riding past and gives a good view of the huge numbers of troops drawn up. A second shows the Maharaja of Sikkim at the foot of the steps on the dais being received by the King Emperor, the princely pages informally seated around the base. In this view the very privileged position of the princes in the Imperial Cadet Corps can be seen as they stand to the back of the dais behind the high officials seated at either side of the royal pair. A third shows the King Emperor and Queen Empress looking, fully robed, looking out from the walls of the Red Fort on the occasion of the Badshahi Mela Garden Party: in this the pages are sitting, chatting and one is pointing to some event of interest. A fourth shows the pages re-arranging Queen Mary’s robes as the couple leave and King George V smiling at one of the pages. A fifth shows horse artillery at the Durbar Review. 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 Delhi Coronation Durbar of 1911 and the reverse of the card has a large [11.5 x 8.5] group portrait of the officers of the 39th Garhwal Rifles at Delhi during the Durbar. Although they are not identified individually we can provide a list of the British officers who were in camp at Delhi. Both British and Indian officers appear in the group, wearing. Two of the Indian and one of the British officers wear aiguillettes denoting that they were King’s Orderly Officers on that day. As well as the usual Indian service medals one of the Indian officers wears the IOM. The large photograph bears the impressed stamp of G W Lawrie & Co. SOLD January 28th 2019