During his reign in 1857, immediately after the Indian mutiny, a reception was accorded to Lt. General James Outram and his staff in a grand durbar by the maharajah. Sir James Outram (1803-1863) was an English general, and one of the heroes of the Indian Mutiny.
Attached picture is from an original copy of the engraving of 1857 which depicts this reception. Original of this engraving is with the National portrait gallery of London and is done by an unknown artist. Maharajah Uthram Thirunal and General Outram are clearly seen in this along with many courtiers and dignitaries who attended the reception.
Durbar of the Maharajah of Travancore and the reception of LtGeneral James Outram and staff AD 1857
Sir James Outram, "The Bayard of India"
He arrived at Cawnpore from Calcutta with reinforcements, and supported General Havelock fully in relieving Lucknow. He commanded a cavalry and performed exploits of great chivalry that he was voted by the cavalry for the Victoria Cross but he refused it on the ground that he was ineligible as the general under whom they served. He held fort at Lucknow till Sir Colin Campbell arrived and later conducted the evacuation of the residency to deceive the enemy. In February 1858 he received the special recognition of both houses of parliament, and in the same year was made a baron.
He died in1863, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, where an epitaph is engraved as "The Bayard of India" which was originally called by Sir Charles Napier.