Lot Details

1. Lala Deen Dayal, Ancient Swinging Gate, Rewah, India, c. 1880s. Albumen print, 7.9 x 10.6 inches. 20 x 27 cm. Stamped, inscribed. Vintage.

Stamped in ink, Lala Deen Dayal stamp

Inscribed

Condition: some tiny spots, faint dings; very thin horzontal crease along bottom, also two apparent tears or scratches along bottom edge near middle

2. Lala Deen Dayal, Jog Falls, Karnataka to Bangalore, Karnataka, 1886. Albumen print, 7.9 x 10.6 inches. 20 x 27 cm. Stamped, inscribed. Vintage.

Stamped in ink, Lala Deen Dayal stamp

Inscribed

Condition: some tiny spots, faint dings; small creasing along upper left edge.


3. Lala Deen Dayal, Shaukat Mahal, Bhopal, c. 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: 3036 / 169 / The … Mahal Bhopal

Condition: some tiny spots, and faint dings. Crease in upper right corner

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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Publication: Books Deen Dayal, Raja, 1844-1905. Raja Deen Dayal : the studio archives from the IGNCA collection / curated by Jyotindra Jain & Pramod Kumar KG ; text by Jyotindra Jain, Pramod Kumar KG & Deepthi Sasidharan. New Delhi : Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, [2010] Luther, Narendra. Raja Deen Dayal : prince of photographers / Narendra Luther ; major photo source, Sureshchand Deendayal ; foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. Hyderabad, India : Creative Point, c2003.
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  • Shipping Dimensions: 7.87 x 10.62 in. (19.99 x 26.97 cm.)

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