Exhibition on Indian empire begins in Oz tomorrow

The exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales will comprise prints, photographs, posters and textiles, include images of the India of European imagination together with images created under the patronage of foreigners overwhelmed by a totally different country and culture.

On till November 7, the exhibition, shaped by a promised gift of works from the Portvale Collection, introduces the competing narratives that emerged following the first European encounters with India.

"Such images favoured topographical views, portraits, and depictions of the manners, customs and costumes of the various peoples of India. The section concludes with military images relating to the rupture of the Indian Mutiny of 1857, while the next section focuses on the Indian empire under British rule, mainly as depicted in photographs," a statement from the art gallery said.

"The exhibition ends with samples of the countless lithographs of gods created from the mid 19th century. Much of the fascinating interaction is documented in books, albums, photographs and prints. A section on textiles reminds that much of India went on unaffected by the foreign visitors," it said.

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