Title: The Maharaja Duleep Singh
Artist(s): Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–73),
chromolithograph by R. J. Lane
Date: c. 1854
Dimensions: H. 29.5 in. x W. 20 in.
Museum number: S.M.61 (N.M. 1961.341)
Physical location: Section 1: Paintings, Prints, and Photographs
Collection: Princess Bamba Collection
Inscriptions: “Winterhalter 1854." appears on the image in the bottom right corner.
Below the image are a few inscriptions:
[on the left] “ON STONE BY R. J. LANE, A.E.R.A. [next line] LITH TO THE QUEEN."
[on the right] “M & N HANHART, [next line] CHROMO-LITHOGRAPHERS."
[in the centre] “His Highness [next line] THE MAHARAJAH DULEEP SINGH. [next line] from a Painting by Winterhalter in the possession of Her Majesty. [next line] Published by permission of Her Majesty, [next line] by John. Mitchell Royal Library 33 Old Bond Street London."
Bibliographic Reference(s): F. A. Khan, The Princess Bamba Collection Catalogue: Antiquities of Sikh Period (Lahore: Department of Archaeology, 1961), 10, cat. no. 46.
This is a chromolithograph of an oil painting by the German painter and lithographer, Franz Xaver Winterhalter. The young Maharaja is shown wearing an Indian attire, resting his left hand on his cross belt and the right hand on the hilt of a sheathed sword. He wears a bejewelled sar-pesh in his turban and a gem-studded frame carrying a miniature portrait of Queen Victoria hanging from one of the many strings of pearls around his neck.
The building with three white domes and two minarets in the background appears to be the Badshahi Mosque Lahore.