Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dhulloo and Dedar Khan (jemadars or head servants)-Artist: Eden, Emily Medium: Lithograph Date: 1844

Dhulloo and Dedar Khan (jemadars or head servants)
This lithograph was taken from plate 4 of Emily Eden's 'Portraits of the Princes and People of India'. Eden wrote: "The figures in the print are Jemadars of Chuprassies or head men of the servants, whom it is usual to employ in India, for the purposes of taking orders, carrying letters &c. They are generally dressed in a kind of livery suited to the native costume." A keen amateur artist, Eden painted the diverse people she met in India. She also detailed her observations and opinions on what she saw in letters to her sister, which were published in 1866 in two volumes, entitled 'Up the Country'.

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