Indian Nobility in Britain

6 April - 31 October 2019

Room 31 showcase, Floor 1

Free

This display celebrates the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century. Photographs of the celebrated Indian cricketer Prince Ranjitsinghji (1872-1933) feature alongside portraits of Indian nobility, who visited London during the 1910s and 1920s and were photographed in the capital’s fashionable studios. The years of British rule on the Indian subcontinent brought many Indians to Britain, and during the First Wold War Ranji was a British army staff officer in France. India made an important contribution to the War effort and at the same time, WWI became a defining moment in Indo-British relations, as ideas of self-government started to emerge during these years.