Picturing India


People, Places and the World of the East India Company.A visual history of British engagement with India in the 18th and 19th centuries, featuring rich illustrations from the British Library’s collections.

Product details

The British engagement with India was an intensely visual one. Images of the subcontinent, produced by artists and travellers in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century heyday of the East India Company, reflect the role it played in Indian life. They mirror significant shifts in British policy and attitudes towards India.The Company’s story is one of wealth, power, and the pursuit of profit. It changed what people in Europe ate, what they drank, and how they dressed. Ultimately, it laid the foundations of the British Raj. But few historians have considered the visual sources that survive and their implications for the link between images and empire, pictures and power.This book draws on the unrivalled riches of the British Library, telling the story of individual images, their creators, and what they depict. It will present a detailed picture of the Company and its complex relationship with India, its people and cultures.

John McAleer
British Library
Publication date
July 2017
224 pages, 100 colour illustrations
280 x 220 mm

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