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Stuff of legends

Print edition : May 03, 2013

'Their Excellencies Lord and Lady Curzon with the first day's Bag' from the Album ‘Souvenir of the Visit of their Excellencies Lord and Lady Curzon to Hyderabad, Deccan’. Photo taken by Deen Dayal & Sons, 1902. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Sikar Party Amarkantak 1914, from the Album ‘Rewa Royal House, 1883-1918’. Photo taken by J. Nath & Badri Pd. Misra. Photo: Alkazi Collection of Photography

Edwin Joubert Van Ingen with his hunting dogs at his bungalow in Mysore. An undated photograph from the 1980s. Photo: Photo Courtesy Rainbow Colour Labs, Mysore

A Van Ingen stool made from an elephant foot. This is part of a private collection in Mysore. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

A Van Ingen tiger head trophy. This is part of the Mysore Palace collection. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

A display of three gaurs, or Indian bisons, with a mastiff in the foreground. The mastiff, named Brumel, was a pet of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the last king of Mysore. The Mysore royalty were patrons of the Van Ingens. This is part of the Mysore Palace collection. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

A Van Ingen elephant head trophy. This is part of the Mysore Palace collection. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

An especially well done Van Ingen tiger mount. Part of the Mysore Palace collection. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

Animal mounts done by the Van Ingens. From the Mysore Palace collection. Photo: Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

Van Ingen & Van Ingen of Mysore were the master taxidermists of colonial India at a time when hunting was a thriving sport, and their work was prized and sought after around the world. With the death of Edwin Joubert Van Ingen in March 2013, a fascinating saga has come to a close.

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