The New York Public Library has made public a collection of 177 original ‘talc’ paintings which illustrate costumes, vehicles and trades of India in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The images range from toddy gatherers working around a palm tree in the 1780s to festival procession outside a temple in 1800s.
Here is a collection of 15 of those images. The rest can be accessed here.
Photos, captions courtesy: New York Public Library Digital Collections