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Pastoral Scene, Possibly Sindh

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Pastoral Scene, Possibly Sindh About 1890

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  • Scottish Art
Like many commercial photographers in India Fred Bremner relied on portraiture to keep his business operating on a day-to-day basis but he still found time to complete personal projects. He produced numerous photographic series showing the diversity of the Indian landscape and local customs. Several of his photographs depict apparently everyday scenes, although on closer inspection they are actually artfully arranged compositions. What is striking is that Bremner shows the locals as part of their environment with the thatched farmhouses, cows and plough. This photograph might have been taken to show the improvements that irrigation brought to the province of Sindh. On travelling through the province Bremner remarked that from "nothing more than a lonely desert, since the inauguration of irrigation throughout the land it has become one of the richest [provinces], yielding harvests which compete in production with other provinces. Another example of what the British Raj has done for the good of the country".

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British Raj

The British Raj (Raj meaning "reign" in Hindi) was a term used to describe the period of British rule in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. The region under British control, commonly called India in contemporary usage, included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom, as well as the princely states ruled by individual rulers overseen by representatives of the British Crown. The region was less commonly also called the Indian Empire.

British Raj


  • Acc. No. PGP 129.5
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 29.40 x 29.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987