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Title: H.H. Major Duleep Singh G.C.S.I.

Classification: Oil painting

Artist(s): Capt. Goldingham

Date: c. 1875

Dimensions: H. 78 in. x W. 54 in.

Museum number: S.M.70 (N.M.1961.350) 

Physical location: Section 5: Rani Jindan's Haveli

Collection: Princess Bamba Collection

Bibliographic Reference(s): 
F. A. Khan, The Princess Bamba Collection Catalogue: Antiquities of Sikh Period (Lahore: Department of Archaeology, 1961), 7, cat. no. 6.

F. S. Ijazuddin, Sikh Portraits by European Artists (Karachi: OUP, 1979), plate VIII.

In this oil painting a middle-aged Maharaja Duleep Singh (1838–1893) is shown wearing a cream-colored top with an orange shawl draped over his left shoulder and secured at the waist. He sports a yellow turban ornamented with a bejewelled sar-pesh (turban ornament) made of pearls, rubies and emeralds. Around his neck is a pearl choker from which hangs a pendant containing a portrait of Queen Victoria. The portrait of the Maharaja is reminiscent of the one made by Winterhalter when the Maharaja was around eighteen years old. 

The museum records and The Princess Bamba Collection Catalogue attribute this painting to a certain "Capt. Goldingham." The British Museum has a print (registration number 2010,7081.3970) made after this painting. According to the inscriptions found on that print, the artist of this painting is J.A. Goldingham. The British Museum website provides further information on the artist: James A. Goldingham (fl. c. 1870-1877).

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