Pic : Bonhams/BNPS
A Nepalese female ruler with her maids of honour.
Amazing portraits of Maharajas looking their most resplendent have come to light 150 years later.
The snaps reveal the remarkably elaborate outfits worn by members of the Indian ruling class in the mid 19th century.
One striking photo shows a Maharaja on horseback holding a long spear, while another is of an Indian ruler in his finery on his throne.
There are also photos of Nepalese ladies of the court in spectacular dresses and high ranking British officials.