Sitter: Thakur Hari Singh of Jodhpur. [India]
Image published in The Lafayette Studio
Biog: Aide to Sir Pertab Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur; polo player.(1)
Date: 29 June 1897.
van Wart, The Life of Lieut.-General His Highness Sir Pratap Singh,
London, 1926, opp p 86
Occasion: Visit to Britain for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.(2)
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179, New Bond Street, London, W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: Full dress uniform of the Jodhpur Imperial Service Lancers [Rank unknown].(3)
Decorations: India General Service Medal 1854-1895, with clasp, probably Hazara 1891.
Furnishings and Props: Painted backdrop; studio balustrade; studio Persian rug.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 1.
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Biog: The Navy and Army Illustrated, 1 March 1902, p 588 & 22 March 1902 p 11; Lt.-Col. H. deB. deLisle, Polo in India, Bombay, 1907, p 199; Lt.-Col. H de B de Lisle, Polo in India. Bombay, 1907, p 199; R.B. van Wart, The Life of Lieut.-General H.H. Sir Pratap Singh, London, 1926, passim.
Occasion: The Times, 29 June 1897, p 8b & 1 July 1897, p 6b.
Costume: Major F. Macmunn, The Armies of India, London, 1911, p 180 (illustration).
Decorations: A.R. Litherland & B.T. Simpkin, Spinks Standard Catalogue of British and Associated Orders, Decorations & Medals, London, 1990, p 94; see also: Russell Harris, "The Lafayette Project" in Durbar, Journal of the Indian Military Collectors Society, Volume 9, No 1, Spring 1992, pp 25-26.
Additional Information: -
Acknowledgements: (Biography, Uniform & Medal information) Anthony N. McClenaghan, Editor, Durbar Magazine. (Costume) Rosemary Crill, Indian Department, V&A.
1. R.B. van Wart, The Life of Lieut.-General H.H. Sir Pratab Singh, London, 1926, [in 1900 Thakur Hari Singh was in Shanghai with Sir Pratab to participate in the China campaign] [p 126]
2. R.B. van Wart, op cit, pp 110-111: "In 1897 Sir Pratab visited England again to represent Jodhpur at the Diamond Jubliee... Sir Pratab was again accompanied by Thakurs Hari Singh and Dhokal Singh..."
3. His coat is embroidered with gold threat in Kashmiri style. His patka (sash) is also Kashmiri although he is from Jodhpur. The sash is of wool, probably red or blue, with an end embroidered with long botehs and wth small floral decoration along the edges. His turban is a typical Rajput style and has a flowing tail hanging down his back.
4. R.B. van Wart, op cit, p 103 & Lt.-Col. H. deB. deLisle, Polo in India, Bombay, 1907, p 199.
5. 1 March, p 588 & 22 March, p 11.
6. 29 June 1897, p 8 & 1 July 1897, p 6.
7. "The Lafayette Project" in Durbar, Journal of the Indian Military Collectors Society, Volume 9, No 1, Spring 1992, pp 25-26.
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