Portrait of a young woman, Eastern Bengal.
Medium: Photographic print
Three-quarter length portrait of a girl, 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).