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Picturing India : people, places and the world of the East India Company

Author: John McAleer
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Art
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McAleer, John.
Picturing India.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]
(OCoLC)1002210929
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John McAleer
ISBN: 9780295744506 0295744502
OCLC Number: 1046634051
Description: 1 online resource (217 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), map (some color)
Contents: Introduction: The East India Company and British views of India --
Politics, power, and port cities --
Places --
People and portraits --
Patronage --
Conclusion: the end of the Company.
Responsibility: John McAleer.

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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 the people and places they depict. It will present a detailed picture of the Company and its complex relationship with India, its people and cultures.

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