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Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

(1877-1957), Leader of the Ismailis and racehorse owner

Sitter in 15 portraits
Born in Karachi (then British India and now Pakistan), Khan became the 48th Imam of the Shia Ismaili community, succeeding his father at just eight years old. Under the care of his mother, Khan received a well-rounded Islamic, eastern and western education, later attending Eton and Cambridge University. As a young man, he began dealing with the affairs of his community and in 1906 became a founding member and the first President of the All-India Muslim League, which promoted Muslim agendas and sought protection for Muslims rights in India. Khan was a proponent of Muslims achieving their vision of an independent state in what was to become Pakistan as well as an advocate for educational reforms in the subcontinent. He was also well-known as an owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.

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Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Benjamin Stone - NPG x44817

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1902
NPG x44817

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Unknown photographer, for  Wide World Photos - NPG x76568

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Unknown photographer, for Wide World Photos
bromide print, 27 June 1939
NPG x76568

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x4354

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1953
NPG x4354

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah) ('Men of the Day. No. 938.

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah) ('Men of the Day. No. 938. "The Aga Khan"')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 10 November 1904
NPG D45248

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2651

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2651

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Edmond Xavier Kapp - NPG D32483

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Edmond Xavier Kapp
lithograph, 1933-1936
NPG D32483

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Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on card mount, 1953
NPG x34991

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