Sitter: H.H. Maharaja Shri Raj Rajeshwar Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch-Behar. b. at Woodlands, Alipur, Calcutta, 11th April 1882, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer; Eton, Berks., Oxford Univ. and with Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Hon. Lieut. 2nd City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), 4/6/1902. Attended the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor Edward VII in 1902 (rcvd. medal), Delhi Durbar 1903 (rcvd. Silver medal), and the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor George V in 1911 (rcvd. medal). Succeeded on the death of his father, 18th September 1911. Proclaimed at Cooch-Behar, 2nd October 1911 and installed on the gadi, 8th November 1911. He d.s.p. unm. at Cromer, Norfolk, 1st September 1913 and was succeeded by his younger brother.Biographical information provided by Christopher J Buyers , The Royal Ark http://www.dreamwater.net/regiment/RoyalArk/royalark.htm
retouched image 2004
Date: 23 October 1902.
Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Costume: " The prince wears an angarkha (robe with circular front opening) made of European silk, probably in pale blue. His magnificence turban jewel sprouts an egret feather."
Jewellery: Diamond sarpech, diamond and gold necklace [worn by his brother in 1913 images]
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
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Biog: Who's Who In India, Lucknow, 1911, part VII, pp 1-3; "Celebrities at Home, No. 1579, 30 September 1908; The Times, 28 November 1911, p 11a; Pauline Rohatgi, Portraits in the India Office Library and Records, London, 1893, p 277; Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, The Autobiography of an Indian Princess, London, 1921; Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur, London, 1984; Maharajah of Baroda, The Palaces of India, London, 1980; Biographical information provided by Christopher J Buyers , The Royal Ark http://www.dreamwater.net/regiment/RoyalArk/royalark.htm
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Acknowledgements: (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A. Acknowledgements: (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A.