Description: A large group photograph taken by Harrington and Company. At the front and centre of the photograph underneath the parasol is the eighth Chogyal (or King) Sidkyong Namgyal. His half-brother Thutob Namgyal is sitting next to him on the left. There is a large group surrounding the royal family, including unidentified Europeans and Sikkimese both lay and monastic. The photograph is badly faded in sepia tones.
Note: Curator's note: Taken a year before Sidkyong Namgyal's death and Thutob Namgyal's succession to the throne in 1874.
This group photograph, Darjeeling, 1873, is the earliest known photograph of a Sikkim king, the eighth Chogyal Sidkyong Namgyal who is seated directly under the umbrella.
'In 1873, the Maharaja Sridkyong Namgyal accompanied by his brother Thutob Namgyal and their sister Tsering Putic came down to Darjeeling to meet Sir George Campbell, the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal with whom they held a most friendly conference after which they separated and came back to Sikkim, and the following year 1874 the Maharaja Sridkeong Namgyal died' (History of Sikkim: 1908). Information courtesy of Anna Balicki, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim.
Written by Emma Martin