'Riding Camel with trappings. The figure on foot is a Rajpoot Thakoor'
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'Riding Camel with trappings. The figure on foot is a Rajpoot Thakoor' 1858 - 1865
The British Government began to build a photographic record of India in 1855. At first this was a random selection of images of important architectural and archaeological sites, produced by amateur photographers working as government officials and amateurs alike. From the 1860s images of Indian society were also added to this archive. Impey, a government colonial official as well as a skilled photographer, made numerous portraits illustrating characteristic Indian types and activities. This scene of a royal court invokes a sense of a timeless Indian past. Such ‘exotic’ scenes were popular with Victorian Britons.

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  • Acc. No. PGP R 194.61
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 15.40 x 20.40 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985