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Comment by Jonathan Ross on November 27, 2012 at 11:04

Hello Terence, Yes they were bought by a dealer, Michael Down, and there were a few duplicates. His email is  I have a few old photos of Alan but don't know  of any attributed to Horst. Though now you mention it there are some that are a bit reminiscent of his style. Is there anywhere I can see it?

Best wishes, Jonathan 

Comment by Terence Pepper on November 26, 2012 at 23:03

Dear Jonathan

Only  just spotted your fabulous photos of Ranji we only have a few in the NPG..would be wonderful to hve more were there any duplicated..were they bought by a you have the Horst photo of Alan Ross..thanks

Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery

Comment by Jonathan Ross on October 28, 2012 at 18:30
Michael has bought the collection. Anyone interested should refer to him.
Comment by Michael Down on October 3, 2012 at 22:47

Hi Jonathan - I would be very interested in making a good offer for these valuable photos.  Have tried to e-mail you.  You can contact me on  Hope to hear from you.

Comment by Jonathan Ross on September 23, 2012 at 16:32

I have inherited a collection of photographs of the cricketing Prince, K.S.Ranjitsinhji, from my late father Alan Ross, whose biography ‘Ranji, Prince of Cricketers’, was published by Collins in 1983. While researching the book, he was given the photographs by Prince Satrusalyasinhji, Ranji’s great nephew.

The majority of photographs show Ranji either alone, dressed in either Western or Indian clothes, or with other cricketers – including a few with W.G.Grace.
Others show him hunting leopards  and there is a splendid one of him in a vintage motor car.

The largest group of images are from ‘VanDyk, London S.W.’, but others are by Lafayette Ltd., Rotogravure, London, Scott & Wilkinson, Cambridge, Messrs Stearn Cambridge, F.Foxton, Scarborough. There are also some from Indian studios: Vernon & Co., Bombay, Joshi & Vara, Jamnagar and Mehta’s Studio, Rajkote, to mention a few.

I would be interested in offering them for sale if anyone was interested or could suggest a suitable destination.

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