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His Highness the Khan of Kalat and Sons
Platinum print, from collodion negative
25.1 x 30.1 cm (image) 24.5 x 29.3 cm (mount)
National Galleries of Scotland
Acc. No. PGP 129.35
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
A commercial photographer, Aberchirder-born Bremner worked in India for forty years, returning to Scotland in 1922. This group shows the Khan of Kalat seated on the right. The Khan ruled over the Baluchistan province (in the south-west of modern day Pakistan) from 1857 to 1893 until he was deposed by the British for his barbarous and cruel acts, including having his Prime Minister and family beheaded. The province would later come under British imperial administration. The photograph’s blank background accentuates the luxurious detail of the costumes.
Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative.