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School inspector examining an indigenous school, Varanasi (Benares)

School inspector examining an indigenous school, Varanasi (Benares)

Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/46(4705)

Item number: 4705

Length: 15.2

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an inspector and pupils at an indigenous school at Varanasi (Benares) in Uttar Pradesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in c. 1870. Images like this one were shown at European Universal Exhibitions during the nineteenth century to demonstrate the method of inspection in Indian schools. The photograph is inscribed on the album page, 'Taken by the photographer in the service of H.H. the Maharaja of Benares. The Sub Dy. Inspector of Schools Munshi Chhote Lal (to the left) is examining an indigenous (Persian private) school. The teacher is standing on the right. After exhibition to be placed at the disposal of the Secy.of State for India.' The term 'munshi' denotes that the inspector pictured is a teacher of languages.

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