Princess Gouramma of Coorg, by Baron Marochetti

Princess Gouramma of Coorg (1841-64)

Baron Marochetti (1805-1867)

1855

Marble, painted in watercolour, with gilding

Durbar Corridor, Osborne

Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria commissioned this bust as a Christmas gift for Prince Albert. She was fond of the girl, who had been presented to her when she and her father, the deposed Rajah of Coorg, came to England in 1852. [Commentary continued below.]

Photograph (with background digitally removed) and text by Jacqueline Banerjee

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