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Exquisite illustrations of life in India about 200 years ago

June 30, 1800
Religion and Festival
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

Exquisite illustrations of life in India about 200 years ago



About 200 years ago in the early 1800's, there was an Anglo-Indian man, an adventurer, James Skinner, who commissioned portraits of people doing various jobs, fulfilling various roles, in India. When I lived in India from 1975 to 1985, many of these jobs continued, just as they had done for centuries and I feel, looking at these images, as if they are paintings of people I saw with my own eyes, doing the same things. Anyone who has traveled to India, and it's probably the same to this very day, can see people fulfilling these same roles in Indian society with very few,

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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