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Queen Victoria is presented with a book c. 1884-90

RCIN 2907350

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Painted photographs were particularly popular in nineteenth-century South Asia, where monochrome imagery was uncommon. For this composite image, an artist working for Prahbu Narayan Singh, Maharaja of Benares (1851–1931), used the same photograph of Queen Victoria as in the frontispiece of the book presented to her by his predecessor a decade earlier.