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    Sale 5100

    Indian & Islamic Works of Art

    26 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 120

    PORTRAIT OF THE MAHARAJAH DULEEP SINGH, AFTER FRANZ XAVIER WINTERHALTER (1805-1873)

    Price Realised  

    PORTRAIT OF THE MAHARAJAH DULEEP SINGH, AFTER FRANZ XAVIER WINTERHALTER (1805-1873)
    Oil on canvas, framed - 35 1/2 x 23 3/4in (90.2 x 52.7cm)


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    Duleep Singh (1838-93) was forced to resign his sovereignty as Maharajah of Lahore following the British annexation of the Punjab in 1849. He handed over the Koh-i Noor diamond to Queen Victoria as part of the terms of the conclusion of the Second Anglo-Sikh War. He converted to christianity and was sent into exile in England in 1854 where his beauty and charm made a favourable impression on the queen. His desire to return to India and re-embrace Sikhism was thwarted and he died in Paris at the age of 55.

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