Portrait of an elderly man, Eastern Bengal.
Medium: Photographic print
Portrait of an elderly Bangladeshi man posed against a plain background, taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s. In the 19th century the British Government sought to acquire information about the diverse races, customs, costumes and occupations of the sub-continent. The rising science of ethnology created a demand among European audiences for ‘exotic’ souvenirs of the East. This print is from a collection which features groups and individuals from across Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam), however the photographs were taken in and around the same temporary studio built onto the side of a European house.