Isabella T. McNair, 1887 – 1985. Teacher in India (With two others)
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Isabella T. McNair, 1887 – 1985. Teacher in India (With two others)
  • Scottish Art
This photograph forms part of an archive which belonged to Isabella T. McNair. Born in Kilmarnock, McNair gained an MA in English from the University of Edinburgh before moving to British India in 1917 to teach. She became Principal of Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore in 1928. McNair followed in the footsteps of a wave of British missionary women who began arriving in India during the late nineteenth century. It is unclear where this photograph was taken, although the setting would suggest the Indian subcontinent. McNair can be seen quietly knitting while two other women are resting on camp beds. Before air conditioning, to keep cool, most people on the Indian subcontinent slept outside with mosquito nets.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 502.56
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 6.30 x 8.80 cm
  • Credit Presented to the collection by Mrs Muriel Hartley 2009