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A look at 18th, 19th century India through colour paintings

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.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2016 14:49 IST
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A festival procession in which a red and black chariot is drawn by dozens of men. (New York Public Library Digital Collections )

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

Barber shaving a man’s head bald, one onlooker, white building in the background (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Female spinner in front of white building (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Two elephants, howdahs, mahouts and public outside a temple (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Three men on river structures with ladders and levers (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Seated female salt merchant in red sari (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Toddy gatherers working around a palm tree (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Aristocrat and porter (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Festival procession with Hanuman idol, 8 bearers with shaved heads, attendants, and a crowd of onlookers making offerings (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Seated male embroiderer on blue striped rug (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Ceremony of washing the Goddess Kali, and the idol Jagannath (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
A woman going to burn on the funeral pile of her husband. (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Seated female fruit vendor in white sari holding a balance (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Funeral pyre set afire by a man in white dhoti, 5 men are observing the act (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
Male miller with two oxen, seated man in the background (New York Public Library Digital Collections )
A festival procession in which a red and black chariot is drawn by dozens of men. (New York Public Library Digital Collections )