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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography


'The Maharajah Duleep Singh' (1838-93)

23 Aug 1854

Albumen print | 16.2 x 11.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2906553

Photograph of a full length portrait of Maharajah Duleep Singh (1838-93), standing, facing towards the camera. He turns his head three-quarters towards the right. He is posed beside a doorway on the Lower Terrace, Osborne House.

Following the annexation of the Punjab by the British East India Company, Maharajah Dalip Singh was initially given a pension and provided with a guardian, Dr John Login, before being brought to England in April 1854. He met Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace in July of that year and also stayed with the Royal Family at Osborne House.

  • Creator(s)

    Dr Ernst Becker (1826-88)


  • The Maharajah Duleep Singh/( born at Lahore Sept. 4 1838.)/ On the Lower Terrace at Osborne/ Aug: 23- 1854./ by Do. [Ditto]

  • 16.2 x 11.3 cm (image)

    28.2 x 22.9 cm (page dimensions)

  • Maharajah Duleep Singh, on the Lower Terrace at Osborne, Aug 23 1854 [Photographic Portraits. Vol 1/59 (1853-1857)]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Isle of Wight [England]
              • Osborne Estate [Isle of Wight]
                • Osborne House
                  • Lower Terrace [Osborne House]