Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875


Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6 exhibition at Cartwright Hall in Bradford runs from 11th March – 18th June 2017. The exhibition, which contains beautiful objects from the Royal Collection, tells the story of the grand tour of the Indian Subcontinent made by the Prince of Wales (later King George VII) in 1875-6 and has been developed in collaboration with Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, and Royal Collection Trust.

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour, visiting over 21 areas which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal. He travelled nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea and met over 90 rulers of the different regions he visited. His visit sought to establish personal links with the local rulers and strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown.

Over 70 exquisite works of art that were presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts will be on display, alongside water-colours and photographs of the tour, and items from Bradford Council’s own collection of South Asian metalwork.

The exhibition, which opened at Cartwright Hall in Bradford on 11 March and runs until 18 June, is the only place in the north of England to see these stunning items. The exhibition will then travel to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester in July, before going on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyrood house in December, and The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in 2018.

Celebrating the long-standing relationship between the UK and India and the vibrant cultural history of the region, the exhibition forms part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, a year-long programme of events led by the British Council, in cooperation with the Indian High Commission.

For more information visit www.bradfordmuseums.org or to book phone 01274 431212


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