Victorian Photos

25 May 2015 – 30 May 2015

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Monday 25th May to Saturday 30th May 2015
10am to 6pm (3pm Saturday)

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Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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This, one of the finest private collections of early British Raj photography, will be exhibited in our gallery during the week commencing May 25th 2015. The collection has been refined over half a century by Walter Clode, a veteran India hand with a passion for the people, places and rulers of India, some of whom he has come to know intimately over the many years he has been travelling to and from India.


This collection of fine Indian photography has been refined over half a century and included are vignettes of the vast panorama of India from the years following the Great Mutiny of 1857 to the pre-independence years of the 1930s and 1940s. The portraits of rulers include the feudal chieftains such as the Maharaja of Rewa, part of a stunning disbound 1880s album featuring the court of the young ruler.  Also the Rao of Bundi, preserving in the nineteenth-century their chivalric culture much as it was in the fifteenth-century and earlier, making no concessions to their British overlords. Their Sirdars, Courtiers and retainers are all here, dressed and armed as they were five hundred years earlier. The later rulers are also here, swaddled in Star of India silks and badges, their jewellery reset by Cartier and Boucheron. The images capture the Maharajas as Shikaris, their favourite hunting pastime from earliest times and, later, with Viceroys and British Royalty.

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Exhibiting artists

Iain Burr


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