Princely India - Presentation Portrait of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, 1939
Princely India - Presentation Portrait of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, 1939
Princely India - Presentation Portrait of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, 1939
Princely India - Presentation Portrait of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, 1939
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Princely India - Presentation Portrait of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, 1939

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Overall: 24cm (9.5in) x 18cm (7.2in)

Quarter length portrait of Maharaja Sir Umaid Singh Bahadur in uniform and wearing the George V Silver Jubilee Medal, King George VI Coronation Medal, and star of the Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India. Contained in glazed silver frame. Indian hallmarks for 1940. Maker’s mark of Hamilton & Co. of Calcutta.

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Maharaja Sir Umaid Singh of Jodphur, GCSI, GCIE., KCVO (1903-1947) succeeded his elder brother Maharaja Sir Sumair Singh in 1918 as head of the Rathore clan of Marwar. He ruled under the regency of his great uncle HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Idar State until 1923 when he was formally invested by the Viceroy Lord Reading. In 1922 he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Wales during his visit to India and the following year embarked on the construction of the Umaid Bhawan Palace bringing much needed employment to Jodphur. In 1925 Umaid Singh brought his all-conquering polo team to England giving rise to a golden age of domination by teams from Rajasthan. The Maharajah, who held the rank of Lieutenant-General in the British Army, was also active in business, a pioneer in commercial air travel and a reformer of his state’s military and administrative affairs.