This book presents a wide-ranging examination of the way in which the British recorded their engagement with Sindh, then part of undivided India, in visual terms. Following the early years of exploration, conquest and settlement, the British began to document new aspects of the natural and cultural world of Sindh, from architecture and archaeology to arts and crafts and folklore. Illustration of these areas of engagement was at first relatively restricted. However, the rapidly developing technology of the 19th century, particularly photography, facilitated the dissemination of images in increasingly sophisticated ways, while a burgeoning publishing industry and the growth of the periodical press brought illustration to a greatly extended public.
With a wealth of illustrations of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from journals, folios, books and periodicals, this book provides a comprehensive and unrivalled picture of the evolution of the way the British portrayed Sindh to the outside world.
Rosemary Raza graduated from Oxford and joined the British Foreign Service. She subsequently spent a number of years in the subcontinent before returning to Oxford to do a DPhil on British women writers on India. She has written books and articles on the subject, as well as the arts of India, and contributed to the Marg volume Sindh: Past Glory, Present Nostalgia (2008).