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Posthumous portrait of Ranjit singh's Chamberlain Jamadar Kushan Singh with attendant. Anglo-Indian school in Punjab, circa mid-19th century. Opaque watercolour on European paper with manufacturer's embossed seal . Old inscription in pencil. 24.9 x 20cm
Jamadar Singh was born a Hindu before travelling to Lahore where eventually he converted and became a Sikh. He became employed in the guard of Ranjit Singh who in 1811 made him Chamberlain with the title of Jamadar. In 1832 he became Governor of Kashmir, prior to falling from popularity. He died in 1832.
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Above: area of paper with embossed seal
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