Maharaja Dalip Singh Sculpture

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24″ x 7″ x 5″ (height x width x depth)

This elegant sculpture of Maharaja Dalip Singh is modeled on the portrait of the Maharaja done in London in 1854 by the artist F.X Winterhalter, from the court of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria became very fond of Dalip Singh, right from the time he was first brought to England and introduced to her in 1854. She recorded in her journal on 10 July 1854 that ‘Winterhalter was in ecstasies at the beauty and nobility of bearing of the young Maharaja. He was very amiable and patient, standing so still and giving a sitting of upwards of 2 hrs’.

The young Maharaja is shown standing with his jewel-studded sword and wearing his Indian robes. He proudly supports his turban, mounted with a diamond sarpeech (aigrette) fastened with strings of pearls. On his neck is jewel framed miniature portrait of Queen Victoria.

Despite the difficult circumstances that formed his life, the Maharaja made various spirited attempts to regain his lost throne. After his tragic death in 1893, the Sikhs lost their last Maharaja and therein all hope to regain the lost glory of the Sikh Empire.

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