India Durbars and Royal Visits
1903 Coronation Durbar
An album compiled by Lieut. Col. F.R. Trench-Gascoigne; a quarto sized album bound in dark green, straight-grain Morocco leather (some wear, particularly at the extremities) with gilt title.
One of the initial photographs in the album include the colonel with twelve other military officers, a diplomat and some wives. There are a total of 27 panoramic images (7 x 2¼ inches) taken with a Kodak Panorama no.1 camera, which include other views of the tented camp with various civilians or soldiers, five views of the procession route including pictures of some of the elephants, and nine showing the military displays. There are six large plate images (11 x 8 inches) with the elephant procession near Jama Masjid (2), the Durbar stands with the mounted heralds in position, a view of the eastern stand (9 x 7 inch), a view of the audience hall in the Red Fort and a good view of the Chief’s elephant at rest, a close up of two elephants with their mahouts.
There are also invitations, tickets, etc, each centrally mounted, with an invitation to the Delhi Durbar (block B), two tickets, one pasted face down to show the plan of the amphitheatre, invitations to the Chapters of the Orders of the Star of India (2), the Delhi Coronation Assembly (creased) plus a dinner menu and dance card for the same event, illustrated Delhi Durbar military display plus others. Also 18 pages of cuttings from English newspapers, mainly the Yorkshire Post.
A very important private assembly of items from this great event. Photo
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