'The Maharani of Kuch Behar', 1893.
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A photographic portrait of Sunity Devi, the Maharani of Kuch Behar (1864-1932), India, taken by W. and D. Downey in 1893. This photograph was taken during a visit to England in 1887, made by the Maharajah and Maharani. Queen Victoria was most impresed with the Maharani - by travelling to England, Sunity Devi had broken those existing racial and gender codes restricting her conduct. This photograph appears in 'The Cabinet Portrait Gallery' series of celebrity portraits and biographies published in the 1890s. The series includes royalty, actors, academics and authors.