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Portrait of an unidentified woman, Eastern Bengal.

Portrait of an unidentified woman, Eastern Bengal.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 124/(32)

Item number: 32

Length: 22.5

Width: 18.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Half-length portrait of an unidentified woman by an unknown photographer taken in the early 1860s. This print is one of a series of portrait studies of individuals and groups from Eastern Bengal (modern Bangladesh and Assam). In the 19th century the British Government sought to acquire information about the diverse races, customs, costumes and occupations of the sub-continent. 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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