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‘The State Entry at the Delhi Durbar 1903’ (oil on canvas), 1907. Roderick D. MacKenzie (1865-1941)/ Private Collection/ The Bridgeman Art Library.
The image depicts the ceremonial procession of British officials and Indian Maharajas as they entered the 1903 Darbār grounds on elephants, passing the Jama Masjid. The procession is led by Lutchman Pershad carrying the Viceroy and Vicereine; following Lutchman is the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, representing the British royal family, and then Indian rulers, headed by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Maharaja of Mysore.
Roderick Mackenzie (1865-1941) was a British artist living in India at the time of the Darbār. He was commissioned by Curzon to paint the ceremonial procession. That first painting is in the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata, India. Mackenzie then painted the same scene on a huge canvas for Lord Roberts (who had served in India from 1851-1877): it is this painting, housed in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, which appears on this book’s cover and on the companion website.