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'Rajpoots playing the game of Pucheesee'

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'Rajpoots playing the game of Pucheesee' Early 1860s

Not on display

A government colonial official as well as a skilled photographer, Impey made numerous studies of Indian sitters, both individual portraits and groups engaged in characteristic activities. This paired group shows, on the right, a Thakur or minor ruler in Alwar State, while on the left players are engaged in the ancient Indian board game of pachisi. This photograph was among a number of Impey's portraits illustrating characteristic Indian types and activities, which were selected for display in the Indian Court at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867. The photograph’s dark blank background contrasts with the white costumes and patterned fabric to striking effect.


  • Acc. No. PGP R 194.65
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 20.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985