Photograph of Maharaja Duleep Singh in formal day dress, about 1850. Museum no. PH.192-1982

Photograph of Maharaja Duleep Singh in formal day dress, about 1850. Museum no. PH.192-1982

Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh
Horne & Thornthwaite
About 1850
London
Albumen print from collodion negative
Museum no. PH.192-1982

This is a portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh, photographed by the London firm of Horne & Thornthwaite around 1850. He is dressed and bearded according to the fashionable formal English style. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat over a high buttoned light waistcoat. His collars are starched and upstanding, with a necktie tied in the distinctive 'four-in-hand' style where the corners of a folded kerchief create pointed wings. This necktie style was newly fashionable in the 1850s.