Sitter: Major-General H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharana Shri Sir Bhopal Singh Bahadur, Maharana of Udaipur (1884-1955).
Biog: Major-General H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharana Shri Sir Bhopal Singh Bahadur, Maharana of Udaipur, GCSI (1.1.1931), KCIE (3.6.1919). b. at Udaipur, 24th February 1884, eldest son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharana Shri Sir Fateh Singh Bahadur, Maharana of Udaipur, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO. Educ. privately. Succeeded in the death of his father, 24th May 1930. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 1947. Merged his state into the Rajasthan Union and was installed as Rajpramukh of Rajasthan 18th April 1948. Became Maharajpramukh of Rajasthan, 1st April 1949. Hon. Major-General, IA 15/10/1946 (Hon Lt-Col 4/8/1939), Hon Colonel Indian Grenadiers, 1/6/1954. Rcvd. Delhi Durbar (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coronation (1937) and Indian Independence (1947) medals.
Date: c March 1933.(1)
Location: Possibly Udaipur.
Descr: FL seated.
Costume: Ceremonial robes of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Collar, badge and star of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India [GCSI, cr. 1931]; Star of a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire [KCIE, cr. 1919].
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: Who's Who, The Times, 5 July 1955, p 13c; Brian Masters, Maharana; the Story of the Rulers of Udaipur, Ahmedabad, 1990.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Burke's Peerage.
Acknowledgements: Christopher Buyers
1. Dated from negative sequence.
2. This negative is possibly a copy of an original made in India.
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