Splendors of the Indian Subcontinent

In June 1876 the upper galleries of the India Museum at South Kensington were transformed into what was described as ‘a scene from the Arabian Nights’.1 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841– 1910), had only just returned to Britain from his four-month tour of the Indian subcontinent and, eager to share his experiences, arranged for all of his sumptuous gifts to be exhibited for the wider public to enjoy. Row upon row of cabinets glittered with opulent jewellery, gold and silverware, arms and armour, furniture and textiles..

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