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Historical talk, Thu 12 Jul 2018, free entry

Duleep Singh Statue Book Cover

Duleep Singh Statue Book Cover


Fraser Harrison, author of Duleep Singh’s Statue, will talk about two celebrated images of Duleep Singh.
The Ancient House Museum is proud to exhibit ‘Casualty of War’ by the Singh Twins, a portrait of the Maharajah originally commissioned by the National Museum of Scotland. It is a painting that is full of references to Duleep Singh’s troubled life, and amounts to a kind of pictorial biography. Harrison will explain its rich symbolism and show how the Singh Twins have positioned Duleep Singh within British Sikh culture, as a casualty of history and a contemporary icon.
Harrison will also talk about the bronze equestrian statue of Duleep Singh sculpted by Denise Dutton that stands on Butten Island. Unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 1999, the statue offers a contrasting account of the Maharajah: as a timeless hero and prince.
Harrison will argue that these two very different, but popular interpretations of Duleep Singh demonstrate his continuing importance and fascination for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 12 Jul 2018 14:30 to 15:30


Free entry

Free but advanced booking essential.
To book please call 01842 752599 or email


Melissa Hawker

01842 752599


White Hart Street,
IP24 1AA



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Map reference: TL 869832  Lat: 52.41484 Long: 0.74673

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The Ancient House is in Thetford's historic town centre. We are a five minute walk from the railway station and two minutes from the main shopping street with cafes and sandwich shops.


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