Category Archives: victorian India

The great photographic adventurers of 19th Century India

I recently attended a meeting of the Historical Photographic Society and  had the pleasure  of seeing an image by one of my favourite Victorian adventurer-photographers. Samuel Bourne dragged his heavy wooden camera and tripod across rivers, deserts, up and down … Continue reading

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The Lucknow Courtesans: Indian Queens of a Golden Age

They were perhaps the least talked about women in colonial India. Yet, they were the standard bearers of a unique and exquisitely refined culture rooted in the fabled city of the Nawabs, Lucknow. Universally known as the loveliest entertainers in … Continue reading

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Opium and fabulous gems: India’s importance to the British Empire

Lithograph by Emily Eden showing one of the favourite horses of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with the head officer of his stables and his collection of fabulous j ewels including the Kohinoor diamond marked as number 1   India has been … Continue reading

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Crime in Victorian India: the Incredible Cult of Murder and the Drug Trade

Cult members of thuggee For three hundred years, the subcontinent harboured one of the most incredible religions conceived by the mind of man: Thuggee, the cult that gave it’s members a divine duty to commit murder. The mythological story of … Continue reading

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