Course overview

We will discuss, within a broader historical context, the various ways in which British colonial artists depicted the architecture and landscape of India through painting, prints and photographs.

Course description

Views of India were a very popular subject for numerous British travellers and colonists to record. Their work encompassed India’s rich architectural heritage and natural landscapes and also British coastal cities and hill stations.

Considering a wide selection of paintings, prints and photographs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – a period during which British power and influence in the subcontinent expanded rapidly – we will explore a range of questions.

  • What were the issues facing the artists in portraying scenes from a different culture?

  • How was their work shaped by European aesthetic theories?

  • What was the impact back in Britain of the material they produced?

  • How did their work help to shape European ideas about the subcontinent, its history and its society?

  • And what was its role in the broader imperial project?

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