Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, Viceroy of India 1894-1899


An original photographic portrait of the Earl of Elgin after his appointment as Viceroy and Governor General of India in 1894. The bust length portrait shows the Viceroy in ceremonial Court Dress uniform wearing the neck badge, star and sash of the Order of the Star of India, the breast star of the Order of the Indian Empire and the medal for Queen Victoria’s 1887 Jubilee. It measures 4 x 5.5ins [10 x 14cm] and is mounted on a photographer’s card and signed and dated on the mount Elgin 1894 (overall size 12 x 16cm. Signed portraits of Viceroys of this era are not easily come by and this one is particularly attractive for being signed at the beginning of his period of office. Elgin is noted as avoiding wearing uniform whenever possible. Viscount Mersey’s “The Viceroys” [John Murray 1949] uses a different (later) portrait. This photograph originally came to us from a descendant of Lord Elgin’s daughter who married his private secretary, Sir Henry Babington Smith.

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