'…high quality photography he reproduced to the exquisite design and layout which is his ultimate forte. Working alongside Juga Singh was too a pleasure…'
Coronet House's debut publication, a coffee table book that traced the Maharajah and his family’s life through the author's private collection & research conducted over 13 years, additionally supported by images from public and private collections.
Maharajah Duleep Singh was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, a state originating in the north west region of the Indian subcontinent. The annexation of the state into British territory in the 1840s led to the absorption of his lands and possessions (which included the Koh-i-Noor diamond).
At aged 15 he was exiled to Britain and befriended by Queen Victoria who became a godmother to several of his children. He raised his family at ‘Elveden Hall’ a 17,000 acre country estate near Thetford. However in time he grew unhappy over his treatment and died a broken man in Paris at the age of 55. His eight children would leave no heirs.
The book was launched at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life in mid May; attended by the new Mayor of Thetford, as well as many other dignitaries and organisations. Renowned author of ‘The Maharajahs Box', Christy Campbell said ' …lavishly produced new book has opened a fabulous doorway into the lost world of Maharajah Duleep Singh, his family and his legacy. To go through it is an astonishing experience...'.
Designing the publisher mark, book and deluxe edition, Juga Singh photographed the author's collection of 150 diverse objects which included unseen unpublished photographs, jewellery, miniatures and paraphernalia. Juga would digitally image a total of three quarters of the illustrations reproduced [194/255]. A deluxe edition was the book packaged within a burgundy linen look slip-case with gold coloured foil on the front face and spine.
The book would receive international acclaim and glowing reviews: 'A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read, packed full of fabulous photographs of a fascinating family', Jerome Taylor, The Independent; ‘Breathtaking imagery, colour and absorbing text’, The Indian Express; ‘The books is majestic, just like his subject’, The Hindustan Times.
Peter Bance wrote: 'Regarded as ones ‘chef-d’œuvre’, credit must be given to Juga Singh, for his outstanding dedication and expertise in designing and typesetting my coffee-table publication…. His fine attention to detail is evident from the high quality photography he reproduced to the exquisite design and layout which is his ultimate forte. Working alongside Juga Singh was too a pleasure, who accommodated my difficult schedules and worked with the utmost patience to suit my extreme demands for creating a magnum opus.'