Nizam Of Hyderabad Asaf Jah VI, 1889 Print
A page from The Illustrated London News of 1889 shows the Nizam of Hyderabad Asaf Jah VI. Mir Mahboob Ali Khan was born in 1866 and died in 1911 at the age of just 45 years. He was bestowed with the titular name Asaf Jah VI. Becoming the 9th Nizam of Hyderabad in 1869 at the age of 3. Salar Jung I and Rasheed-ud-din Khan functioned as his regents till he came of age.
His predecessor was his father Mir Tahniyath Ali Khan or Asaf Jah V (1827-69). His successor was his son Mir Osman Ali Khan or Asaf Jah VII (1886-1967) who was the tenth and the last of the Nizams. Considered the wealthiest people on earth at one time. Historically even the powers of the British Raj looked up to the Nizams for financial borrowings. They even extended to the British the services of their mighty army.
Which was in the case of the Anglo-Mysore wars, and Anglo-Maratha wars. They had grandiose lifestyles not surprisingly since their wealth was legendary. Mir Mahboob Ali Khan was well known for his lavish lifestyle and luxuries. His collection of garments was one of the most extensive in the world at the time. That a whole wing of one of his palaces housed his garments. Which perhaps is obvious as he is shown here nattily dressed. Click on the photo for better view.
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Did you know- the last Nizam had 34 children, including 16 sons and 18 daughters.
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