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Learn more about the photographic techniques available in the mid-19th century

DULEEP SINGH (1838-93)

'The Pundit'

1868 after an original of Mar 1855

Carbon print of an original albumen print | 10.1 x 7.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2800724

Maharajah Dalip Singh, sometimes referred to as Duleep Singh (1838–93), was a favoured photographic subject of the royal family, captured by both Dr Ernst Becker (1826–88) and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII (1841–1910). It is possible that Singh learnt the rudiments of photography through his relation with Becker and the Prince. 

This photograph by Singh is entitled 'The Pundit', meaning a 'learned man'. The man is shown wearing a turban and a Kurta or Sherwani gown. He gazes down, as if deep in thought.