Girls playing netball, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore

About this artwork

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. In 1928 she was appointed Principal of Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore. McNair followed in the footsteps of a wave of British missionary women who began arriving in India during the late nineteenth century. In Kinnaird she helped create a rare early twentieth-century institution that promoted female intellectual equality. She encouraged extracurricular activities as part of a well-rounded education. This photograph shows students at Kinnaird pretending to play netball. It has obviously been staged and was most likely used for promotion of the College.

Updated before 2020

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