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Claudet, A. (Antoine), 1797–1867

Studio portrait of Maharani Bamba Duleep Singh.

Aberfeldy, Scotland : Irvine's Photographic Studio, 1864.
Physical Description:
1 carte de visite : albumen print ; 8.2 x 8 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Photographs CdV A1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Related Content:
View catalog record for variant carte de visite at the National Portrait Gallery, NPG x1507
Maharani Bamba, Lady Duleep Singh (born Bamba Müller), was the wife of Maharaja Sir Duleep Singh. The child of a German banker and his Abyssinian mistress (a Coptic Christian enslaved woman), Bamba was raised by Christian missionaries in Cairo. In June 1864 she married Maharaja Duleep Singh, becoming Maharani Bamba. The couple settled in Elveden, Norfolk, where they raised six children. The present carte de visite was presumably taken soon after their marriage, at which time Bamba would have been 16 years old. At the time the photographer Antoine Claudet had a portrait studio at 107 Regent Street in London.
Printed on verso: "From Irvine's Photographic Studio, Aberfeldy. Negatives kept. Copies can always be had."
Bance, P. Duleep Singhs: the photograph album of Queen Victoria's Maharajah, page 43
A variant of the present carte de visite (not issued by Irvine's) is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, NPG x1507 (see link herewith). The NPG credits the photograph to Antoine Claudet.
Subject Terms:
Duleep Singh, Maharani Bamba, 1848-1887.
Albumen prints.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Portrait photographs.
Irvine's Photographic Studio (Aberfeldy, Scotland)
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