- KHETRI, RAJA AJIT SINGH OF
- Neg. No: GP (L) 1246
- Neg. Size: 15"x12"
- Neg. Date:18-06-1897
Rajah Ajit Singh of Khetri (c. 1864-1900) son of Thakur CHATAR SINGH
of Alsisar.[India] married 1875,
the daughter of Thakur DEVI SINGH of Auwa,
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negative repaired in photoshop
Biog: Ruler of Khetri (Jaipur district of Rajasthan)
1870-1900. Chiefs and Leading Families in Rajputana,
Calcutta, Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India,
1894 [pp 76-7] : Raja Ajit Singh of Khetri is,
like the Rao Raja of Sikar, a Shaikhawat, being descended from Bhojraj,
a son of Raja Rai Sal of Khandela. He holds from the Jaipur Darbar
the estate of Khetri which lies 90 miles to the north of the capital
and pays a tribute of R75,000 a year. From the British Government
he holds as a free grant the pargana of Kot Putli which
was conferred on Thakur Akhay Singh during the reign of Maharaja
Jagat Singh (1803-1818). This Chief bestowed the title of Raja on
Abhay Singh. Raja Ajit Singh, who is thirty years of age, is by
birth the son of Thakur Chatar Singh of Alsisar. He succeeded to
Khetri by adoption in 1870 on the death of Raja Fath Singh. He has
one son and no other near relative. The families of Harina, Alsisar,
Aruka, and Badangarh are the most closely connected with Khetri.
Date: 18 June 1897
Occasion: Visit to Britain for Queen Victoria's
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street,
Descr: TQL standing.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond
Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
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Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
and Leading Families in Rajputana, Calcutta, 1894; The Illustrated
London News, 10 July 1897, p 46; The Imperial Gazetteer of India,
Oxford, 1908, Vol XV pp 276-7; Imperial Durbar Album of Indian Princes,
Chiefs and Zamindars, Bombay, 1911, Vol I; Pauline Rohatgi, Portraits
in the India Office Library and Records, London, 1963, p 303.
The Times, 25 June 1897, p 9e; 29 June 1897, p 8b; & 1
July 1897, p 6b
Rosemary Crill, V&A
[very similar image, but visibly different photographer, was published
in The Illustrated London News, 10 July 1897, p 46
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