Item #CL173-117 H.M. The King Of Siam, Bangkok
H.M. The King Of Siam, Bangkok
H.M. The King Of Siam, Bangkok
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H.M. The King Of Siam, Bangkok

c1873-c1890s. Three photographs comprising one albumen paper and two printout paper photographs, one titled and dated “1887” in negative lower centre, all titled in various hands in pencil verso, 27.5 x 21.4cm (approx. each). One with minor missing portion to lower right corner, two with slight stains and surface loss to edges and creases overall.

Titles include “Bangkok” and “Chulalongkorn.”

Considered to be one of Siam’s greatest kings, Rama V (1853-1910) was the fifth monarch of Siam (Thailand). His reign was characterised by the modernisation of Siam, immense government and social reforms, and territorial cessions to the British Empire and French Indochina. As Siam was threatened by Western expansionism, Rama V managed to save the country from being colonised.

Rama V had two coronations, one in 1868, the second in 1873. His father was the famous Rama IV who initially opened Siam to Western trade and influence, and employed an English governess, Anna Leonowens, as he wanted to ensure the liberal education of his sons (Leonowens’ memoirs were the basis for a 20th century musical comedy, The King and I).

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