Portrait of King and Queen of Bhutan

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Description: A framed photograph of the second King and Queen of Bhutan. Jigme Wangchuk (1905 - 1952) stands with his Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden (1911 - 2003). Both are dressed in exquisite royal Bhutanese outfits. The King wears the insignia of a Knight of the Indian Empire (KCIE). The photograph is framed in a fine walnut frame and glazed.

Place collected: Not recorded
Date collected: 1935
Measurements: Overall: 330 mm x 265 mm; 13 in x 10 7/16 in
Type: Photography

Note: Curator's note: This photograph was taken in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1935, during the King's visit to India. It is signed by the King in roman letters, while the Queen has signed it in Bhutanese. Michael Aris noted that the date '1934' has been incorrectly added to the photograph. In his book, 'Raven Crown' notes that this photograph was, 'presented to Colonel and Mrs F.M. Bailey. Many copies of this photograph were later distributed in Bhutan'. Bell is likely to have received a copy sometime after his private trip to Tibet, China, Mongolia and Manchuria which he took between 1933-1934. Most likely, sent to his home in England. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.142
Other number(s): N85.1408 [Photography Number]

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