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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914)

Dorsaywala Gordenji 1886-88

RCIN 403792

Durbar Corridor, Osborne House

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This remarkable and extensive series of portraits was painted by Rudolf Swoboda for Queen Victoria while he was in India. The Queen had commissioned the artist to record the ‘different nationalities’ among her Indian subjects in a series of small-scale sketches and studies. They were placed in the Durbar corridor, leading to the newly constructed Durbar Hall at Osborne House, where they remain.