Sitter: HH Raja Martand Brabadamba Das Raja Martanda Bhairava Tondiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai (1875-1928).
Image published in The Lafayette Studio
Biog: H.H. Raja Sri Brahadamba Das Raja Sir Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai, GCIE (1.1.1913). b. at Pudukkottai, 27th November 1875, third son of Raja Shri Brihadambal Rajammani Sahib, by her consort M.R.Ry. Kolandaswami Pallavarayar Sahib Avargal. Adopted by his maternal grandfather and appointed Heir Apparent, 2nd March 1877 (recognised by the GOI 15th January 1878). Succeeded on the death of his maternal grandfather and adopted father, 15th April 1886. Installed 8th July 1886. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 27th November 1894. Lived abroad for several months in the year due to ill health. Decided to live outside India on a permanent basis in October 1922 and appointed his natural brother Regent of the state.
Married at Sydney, Australia, 10th August 1915, Miss Esmé Mary Sorrett (Molly) (b. at Melbourne, Australia), youngest daughter of Wolfe Fink, Esq. MA, LLD, of Melbourne, Australia. He d. at La Favorite, Cannes, France, 28th May 1928, having had issue an only son, who was not permitted to succeed him on account of his race.
Date: 27 June 1911.
Occasion: Visit to England for the Coronation of King George V.
Location: The Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Descr: FL standing.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
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Biog: Who's Who; Jehangir Sorabji, Princes and Chiefs, London, 1903; Joanne Punzo Waghorne, The Raja's Magic Clothes, Pennsylvania, 1994; Who's Who In India, Lucknow, 1911, part II, pp 6-7.
Occasion: [CK Times ref]; India Office, Refs. L/P&S/3/470/430 (Minute Paper from Viceroy, dated 7 March 1911) & L/P&S/3/470/4582 (Minute Paper, dated 11 November 1911, from Lieut.-Colonel J.R. Dunlop Smith, Political A.D.C. to Secretary of State for India).
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Acknowledgements: Christopher Buyers
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