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COOCH BEHAR, MAHARANI OF
Neg. No: 6711a
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 31-08-1910

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Sitter: H.H. Maharani Siniti Devi, CI (18.3.1887) (b. at Sens House, Calcutta, 1864; d. at Ranchi, 10th November 1932), sometime Regent of Cooch-Behar and President of the State Council, eldest daughter of Babu Keshab Chandra Sen.  Married 5 March 1878 Colonel H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar.

Date: 31 August 1910.

Occasion: Visit to England occasioned by the health of the Maharaja.

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179, New Bond Street, London.

Descr: TQL standing.

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Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop; studio Persian rug.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Who's Who in India, Lucknow, 1911, Part VIII, p 3; 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, p 40; 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

Occasion: The Times, 23 May 1910, p 39b; Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, op cit, pp 186-189.

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Acknowledgements: (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A; (Biography) Christopher Buyers

1. NB Pauline Rohatgi, Portraits in the India Office Library and Records, London, 1983, p 277, refers to Sunita Devi.