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Watercolours of British India

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 394

Scope and Contents

22 watercolours (195 x 125 mm or the reverse); two pencil, and one pen and ink sketches; and one albumen print. Originally these items were loosely mounted in an album measuring 235 x 183 mm, but have been removed and individually sleeved for reasons of conservation. Nothing is known of the artist or provenance of the album, which is thought to date from the mid-nineteenth century and has been associated with Karachi and the surrounding region. Karachi was captured by the British East India Company in 1839 and became capital of the newly-created province of Sindh in 1843.

The watercolours may have been painted in the period immediately after, when the city developed into an important commercial centre. Only the first has any caption, which identifies the scene as Hajipur. Subjects include people going about their daily work, devotions or leisure, such as bathing, fishing, washing clothes, carrying water, spinning, travelling, trading, playing music and dancing. Other images include a fortified palace, a chief with a servant, and cavalry soldiers. The albumen print shows an unidentified location of hilly terrain.


  • Creation: 1850

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24 item(s) (24 images) : art work/photograph

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