Sheikh Chidda; Queen Victoria, by Hills & Saunders, 17 July 1893 - NPG P51 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sheikh Chidda; Queen Victoria

by Hills & Saunders
carbon print, 17 July 1893
18 in. x 23 5/8 in. (457 mm x 600 mm)
Purchased, 1901

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Dan Barker

21 September 2017, 10:54

The caption of this photograph references Sheikh Chidda, 'Indian servant to Queen Victoria', but under 'This portrait' you have the text:

In this photograph [Abdul] Karim stand [sic] in attendance

So the page is referencing two different people. The reference here to Abdul Karim, Victoria's 'Munshi' looks incorrect – the portrait of Karim by Rudolf Swoboda presented by the Royal Collection at looks to show a different man from the one in this photograph, based on style of beard, shape of face (particularly the jawline) and the shape of the eyebrows.

The portrait shown in the Oxford DNB's article for Abdul Karim (see also looks to be incorrect, and possibly also of Sheikh Chidda – although the credit on the ODNB page is for the NPG, the image they show doesn't appear on your site under Karim.

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