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Yeshwant Rao Holkar II and Sanyogita Devi of Indore
about 1930
By Man Ray, Paris or Cannes, about 1930
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of HE Sheikh Saoud bin Mohamed bin Ali Al-Thani
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

The maharaja of Indore spent much time in Europe and the United States (one of his homes was in Santa Ana, California). He became a patron of many important artists and designers of his day. The Paris-based American avant-garde photographer Man Ray photographed Yeshwant Rao Holkar extensively. These informal and intimate images of the maharaja and his wife were probably taken when they were on holiday in Cannes, in the south of France.