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Portrait of a man, Eastern Bengal. 27

Portrait of a man, Eastern Bengal. 27

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(27)

Item number: 27

Length: 18.7

Width: 23.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Portrait of a Bangladeshi man 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.

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