Indian Royal Child Portraits

The arrival of photography in India in 1840 began a rivalry between its practitioners and the painters of traditional miniatures and portraits. The novelty of this astonishing new medium soon attracted many court painters and patrons who themselves turned photographers, including the Maharajas of Jaipur, Tripura and Chamba. These early photographs captured Indian rulers and their families in a variety of poses, reflecting the formality and strictures of court life, and depicting a latent youthful ennui.

Maharaja Kishen Singh (b. 1899, r. 1900-1929) of Bharatpur, (Year - 1900)

Below is a gallery of child portraits, which are all taken from Pramod Kumar’s book, Posing For Posterity: Royal Indian Portraits.


Princess Sultan Jahan (1858-1910) of Bhopal, November 1862

Prince Sardar Singh (1880-1911) of Jodhpur with a Court Official, (Year - 1885)

Princess Shah Jahan (1838-1901) of Bhopal, November 1862

Royal Children from Patiala, (Year - 1930)

Royal Children posing with tiger cubs, (Year - 1920)

Sahebzada Salabath Jah and Sahebzadi Ahmed Unnisa son & daughter of The Nizam VI, Deccan Hyderabad, (Year - 1910)

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh (1891-1938) of Patiala, (Year - 1900)

Maharaja Shivaji Bhonsle (1863-1883) of Kolhapur,  Year - 1870

Maharao Khengarji Pragmalji iii (b. 1866, r. 1876-1942) of Kutch, 1879

Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh (b. 1876, r. 1880-1918) of Rewa,  Year - 1885

Prince Madhavrao Scindia ii (b. 1876, r. 1886-1925) of Gwalior (Year - 1880)

Prince Sardar Singh (1880-1911) of Jodhpur, (Year - 1885)

Maharaja Gambhir Singhjee (b. 1862, r.1897-1915) of Rajpipla with family and Court officials, (Year - 1900)

Prince Jiwaji Rao Scindia (1916-1961) of Gwalior, (Year - 1920)


Post a Comment

My Instagram