Wadiyars served as vassals of the Vijayanagara rulers but as that empire weakened in the 16th century, the they asserted their dominance as independent kings. After the final Anglo-Mysore war ( 1798–99) ended the era of Tipu Sultan, Mysore was returned to the Wadiyars to rule as a subsidiary to the East India Company.
Chamarajendra Wadiyar X took official charge of the affairs of Mysore in 1881 and served until he died in 1894. Among his earliest acts was the establishment of the Mysore Representative Assembly, which gave the citizens a democratic forum to voice their concerns.
TitleChamarajendra Wadiyar X, Maharaja of Mysore
PhotographerBourne and Shepherd
Accession No.2018.30.1 (15)