Unidentified group, (?)Rajasthan.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an unidentified group in northern India, taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey in the early 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This is a studio portrait of four men, possibly from Rajasthan, in northern India. Capt. E.C.Impey (1830-1904), of the Bengal Staff Corps was appointed to photograph the areas of Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Impey was the Military Secretary to the Viceroy, Lord Lawrence, in 1863-4 before becoming Political Agent in Jodhpur, Udaipur and Gwalior. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to record the vast diversity of people and their dress, manners, trades, customs and religions. Ethnographical prints were produced by large photographic firms operating in India as well as by smaller or temporary studios to meet European demands for souvenirs from the East.