Sitter: H.H. Maharani Bai Shri Nand Kunverbaji Sahiba, CI (2.8.1892). (b. at Dharampur, 1867; d. at Bombay, 9th March 1936), Rcvd. Coronation (1911) and Silver Jubilee (1935) Medals, second daughter of H.H. Maharana Shri Narayandevji Ramdevji Rana Sahib, Raja of Dharampur, by his second wife, H.H. Chhasatia Rani Bai Shri Gulab Kunverba, daughter of Sardar Bhagubava Sahib of Dharampur; married 3 June 1881 HH Thakor Saheb Sir Bhagwatsinghji Sagramji, Thakor of Gondal.
Biog: Author (in Gujarati); philanthopist
Occasion: Visit to England for the Coronation of King George V.
Location: Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: "The Rani wears a plain white cotton outer sari in Gujarati-style with gold brocade borders. This is worn over a bodice and silk skirt which is decorated with chinai embroidery at the hem. This type of embroidery was done in Surat by Chinese embroiderers and was particularly popular with Parsee ladies for trimming sari edges."
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
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Copyright: V&A Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: The Times of India, 8 September 1908, p ?; Jehangir Sorabji, Princes and Chiefs, London, 1903, Vol II, p 114.
Occasion: See Neg. 7082 (Thakor Saheb of Gondal).
Orders, Decorations & Medals: -
Additional Information: -
Acknowledgements: (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A; (Biography) Christopher Buyers.
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