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Cashmere boatmen.

Cashmere boatmen.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 127/(68)

Item number: 68

Length: 5.2

Width: 8.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Carte-de-visite study of a group of Kashmiri boatmen, seated on the ground, one of a series of prints of ethnic types and occupations taken by Bourne and Shepherd, 1860s-70s. In the 19th century photographers sought to document the diverse races, customs, costumes and occupations they encountered on the sub-continent. In Europe the rising interest in ethnology, together with a desire for exotic souvenirs of the east fuelled the demand for such prints.

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