Sitter: H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch-Behar, KCSI (1.1.1917). b. in London, 20th December 1886, educ. Eton and with Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Attended the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor Edward VII in 1902 (rcvd Medal) and H.M. The King Emperor George V in 1911 (rcvd. Medal). Attended the Delhi Durbars 1903 (rcvd. medal) and 1911 (rcvd. bar to Coron. medal). Succeeded his brother, 1st September 1913. Proclaimed at Cooch-Behar, 16th September 1913 and installed on the gadi, 17th November 1913. X at London, 25th August 1913, H.H. Maharani Indira Devi (b. at Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda, 19th February 1892; d. at Bombay, 12th September 1968), Regent of Cooch-Behar and President of the State Council 20th December 1922 to 6th April 1936, the only surviving daughter of H.H. Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Shrimant Maharaja Sir Sayaji Rao III Gaekwad, Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur, Maharaja of Baroda, GCSI, GCIE, by his second wife, H.H. Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Gajra Bai Sahiba, CI. He d. at Cooch-Behar, 20th December 1922, having had issue two sons and three daughters.
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Biog: Reigned 1913-1922.
Date: 26 September 1913.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Descr: FL standing.
Jewellery: Diamond sarpech, diamond and gold necklace [worn by his brother in 1902 image], three row pearl necklace
Furniture & Props: -
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
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Biog: Who's Who; The World, "Celebrities at Home", No. 1579, 30 September 1908; Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, The Autobiography of an Indian Princess, London, 1921; John Lord, The Maharajahs, London, 1972, p 149; 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; Pauline Rohatgi, Portraits in the India Office Library and Records, London, 1983, p 277.
Jewellery: (Turban jewel seen in Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, op cit, p 35.)
Acknowledgements: (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A; Biographical information provided by Christopher J Buyers , The Royal Ark http://www.dreamwater.net/regiment/RoyalArk/royalark.htm
1. The young Maharaja wears a shervani, a tight-fitting coat buttoned up to the neck, in European silk, with churidar trousers, close-fitting and wrinkled at the calf, and more generously cut at the thigh. His splendid turban ornament has three egret feathers.