About this object

Studio portrait of the 13th Dalai Lama seated in a dark wood European-style armchair with his right arm resting on a side table covered with a paisley shawl on top of which are two vases of flowers. The photograph was taken during the Dalai Lama's stay at Hasting House, Calcutta. He travelled there to meet the Viceroy of India, Lord Minto.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Johnston and Hoffman
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kolkata
  • Date made
    16th March 1910
  • Materials
    Paper Plant; Paper Cardboard
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Count Bobrinskoy, 1967
  • Collector
    Alexei Bobrinskoy
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
  • Note
    In a letter from the donor, noted as 'Count Bobrinskoy' to Liverpool Museum Director Mr Hume he records the acquisition of the portrait. Colonel Bailey, 'who was Resident in Sikkim when my late wife and I stayed with them in 1920. We remained very close friends ever since. During my stay in India I bought the photograph of the Dalai Lama, and as Bailey was about to start on his journey to Lhasa I asked him to take this photograph with him, and ask the Dalai Lama to sign it. Many months later Bailey returned this photograph to me, and it was duly signed in Tibetan, and the Dalai Lama apposed to it his personal seal in red cinnabar which he always carried on his chest, and kept it as a sign of personal approval when signing documents.'
    The donor is likely to be Count Alexei Bobrinskoy (1893-1971), a Russian noble descending from Catherine the Great's son by Count Grigory Orlov - Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky (1762-1813). The majority of his family fled Russian during the Revoltion when their family business was nationalised. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    13th Dalai Lama (Sitter); Frederick Marshman Bailey (obtained signature and seal); Irma Bailey (facilitated purchase); Alexei Bobrinskoy (Collector); Johnston and Hoffman (Artist/maker)

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