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India photographs, 1912 - 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27X

Scope and Contents

These are probably professional photographs purchased by EM Forster during his travels in India, although some of them have London seller stamps.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1945



126 photographic print(s) (Some photographs are loose, some are glued into a scrapbook-style photograph album.)

4 item(s) : published

3 envelope(s)

Language of Materials



There was no apparent order on the photographs when they were received, except insofar as some were pasted into a scrapbook-style photo album, most likely by EM Forster. For the catalogue order, Stape's chronology and 'The Hill of Devi' were used to order the descriptions in the order that Forster first visited the sites. No photographs were rearranged within the scrapbook photo album, which therefore still represents the order in which EM Forster pasted them in. A list of the order in which the photos were received is available upon request to the archivist.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Most of the photographs are monochrome.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given in 2020 by the family of Eric Fletcher (KC 1945) after his death.


John Henry Stape, 'An E.M. Forster Chronology' (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993) and the Abinger Edition of 'The Hill of Devi' (Oliver Stallybrass, ed; London: Edward Arnold, 1983) give details of Forster's trips to India.


Most of the loose photographs are labelled on the back in pencil in an unknown hand. The titles used in the catalogue are taken from these labels (usually beginning with a number) and, for the photographs pasted into the scrapbook album, from the captions EM Forster wrote in the album.

Date information

Undated; dates have been estimated.

Repository Details

Part of the Archive Centre, King's College, Cambridge Repository

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