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Lala Deen Dayal (Indian, 1844–1910)
LOT ID: 63301
Interior of the Sas-Bahu Temple, Gwalior Fort (+ 2 other works; 3 works), ie. circa 1880

Albumen Print
7.87 х 10.62 in. (19.99 x 26.97 cm.)
Stamped, inscribed, verso (see below for details for each work)
Lot description
1. Lala Deen Dayal, Interior of the Sas-Bahu Temple, Gwalior Fort, 1880s. Albumen print, 7.9 x 10.6 inches. 20 x 27 cm. Stamped, inscribed. Vintage.

Stamped in ink, Lala Deen Dayal stamp: [in oval frame] LALA DEEN DAYAL / INDIA / (INDORE C. I. & / SECUNDERABAD) / (DECCAN) / PHOTOGRAPHER

Inscribed in pencil: 1331 / 134 / Interior of the fort[?] Sas Bahu Temple, Gwalior

2. Lala Deen Dayal, Inside Doorway Sas-Bahu Temple, Gwalior Fort, c. 1882. Albumen print, 7.9 x 10.6 inches. 20 x 27 cm. Stamped, inscribed. Vintage.

Stamped in ink, Lala Deen Dayal stamp

Inscribed in pencil: 1326 / 135 / Inside doorway Sas Bahu Temple Gwalior

3. Lala Deen Dayal, Tomb of Mohamed Ghaus, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 1880s. Albumen print, 7.9 x 10.6 inches. 20 x 27 cm. Stamped, inscribed. Vintage.

Stamped in ink, Lala Deen Dayal stamp

Inscribed in pencil: 1302 / 137 / Tomb of Mohamed Ghaus, Gwalior

CONDITION: of the three prints is generally good.

Biography:
Lala Deen Dayal (Punjabi: ਲਾਲਾ ਦੀਨ ਦਯਾਲ; 1844–1905) (also known as Raja Deen Dayal) was an Indian photographer. His photography career began in the mid-1870s as a commissioned photographer, eventually he set up studios in Indore, Mumbai and Hyderbad; he became the court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Khan, Asif Jah VI, who awarded him the title, Musawwir Jung Raja Bahadur and later he was appointed as the photographer to the Viceroy of India in 1885. He received the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1897.

Deen Dayal was born in Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh, near Meerut in a family of jewelers. He received technical training at Thompson College of Civil Engineering at Roorkee, (later IIT Roorkee). In 1866, Deen Dayal entered government service as Head Estimator and Draughtsman in the Department of Works Secretariat Office in Indore. Meanwhile he took up photography. His first patron in Indore was Maharaja Tukoji Rao II of Indore state, who in turn introduced him to Sir Henry Daly, Agent to the Governor General for Central India (1871–1881), who encourage his work, along with the Maharaja himself who encouraged him to set up his studio in Indore. Soon he was getting commissions from Maharajas and the British Raj. The following year he was commissioned to photograph the Governor General's tour of Central India. In 1868, Deen Dayal founded his studio Lala Deen Dayal & Sons, and was subsequently commissioned to photograph various temples and palaces of India. He established studios in Secunderabad, Bombay, and Indore in the 1870s.

In 1875-76, Deen Dayal photographed the Royal Tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales. In the early 1880s he travelled with Sir Lepel Griffin through Bundelkhand, photographing the ancient architecture of the region. Griffin commissioned him to do archaeological photographs, the result was a portfolio of 86 photographs, known as “Famous Monuments of Central India.”

The next year he retired from government service and concentrated on his career as a professional photographer. Deen Dayal became the court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad in 1885, Soon afterwards he moved from Indore to Hyderabad, in the same year he was appointed as the photographer to the Viceroy of India. In time, the Nizam of Hyderabad, conferred the honorary title of Raja upon him. It was at this time that Dayal created the firm Raja Deen Dayal & Sons in Hyderabad. Deen Dayal was appointed photographer to Queen Victoria in 1887. In 1905-1906, Raja Deen Dayal accompanied the Royal Tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Dayal died in Bombay in 1905.[wikipedia]
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