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Bullock-drawn roller, Bombay

Bullock-drawn roller, Bombay

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4971)

Item number: 4971

Length: 9

Width: 14.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a bullock-drawn roller at Bombay in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The roller pictured here, drawn by four bullocks, is most likely to be engaged in part of the process of road making. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to record the vast diversity of people and their dress, manners, trades, customs and religions. The first official attempt to create a comprehensive record of Indian types was the 'The People of India'; an ethnographical survey edited by J.F.Watson and John William Kaye, and published in eight volumes from 1868 to1875.

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