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Indian botanical drawings

Indian botanical drawings discovered to be by three of the most renowned late 18th-century Indian painters – Sheikh Zain al-Din, Bhawani Das and Ram Das.

Photograph album

Dr. Emma Martin, pers comm, 16/02/2019 “National Archives India; Foreign Department, International. June 1906. Nos. 101-106 Part B."From: The Hon’ble Mr A Williams in Mysore To - S M Fraser Esq...

Rural Life in Bengal

This photograph was taken by Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) in about 1870.Born in Staffordshire, 1834, Samuel Bourne’s photographic activities began as a hobby. However he quickly established himself as an accomplished...

Rural Scene in Bengal

This photograph was taken by Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) in about 1870.Born in Staffordshire, 1834, Samuel Bourne’s photographic activities began as a hobby. However he quickly established himself as an accomplished...

Ganesh

This marble figure of Ganesh was brought to England in 1876 by Sir John Budd Phear, a high court judge who served in Bengal India in the late 19th century....

Sari

A jamdani sari in a fine muslin cloth with a discontinuous supplementary black weft design in a geometric full bloom flower design. The endpiece has a large diagonal flower spray...

Ceylon caper

The Ceylon caper’s (Capparis zeylanica) flower buds are usually eaten pickled. The leaves, buds and young fruits are said to contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant compounds. It is the bark...

Dayflower

Dayflowers are eaten by humans and animals in countries such as Pakistan, India and Nepal. It is also used medicinally in China as a diuretic and in Pakistan as a...

Sunn hemp or madras hemp

Sunn hemp or madras hemp (Crotalaria juncea) has long been used as a fibre plant in India.The fibre is stronger than standard hemp, especially when wet; the plant is also...