Document

April 1931 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This collection of photographs and items come from generations of the de Flondor women. They tell the story of an English family in early 20th century India and their eventual migration back to Britain. Through these objects, a historical and personal account of this time period emerges.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed paper
Brief Description
Visa travel permit, by the government of Bengal, paper, Bengal, April 1931
Physical Description
Visa travel permit with the title "Government of Bengal Political Department.2 The document has many stamps on them from several different countries including Singapore, Japan, and several places in India. There is a black and white photograph of a lady on the front (Kathleen de Flondor)
Dimensions
  • Height: 35cm
  • Width: 21cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Christobel Mary Spencer
Object history
Donor's note: "Document dated 14th April 1931-Visa Travel Permit"

As the three de Flondor girls get older, they are sent to boarding school in a convent up in a place called Muree Hills. One year, when they are returning home for the holidays, the find that their father (Paul de Flondor) is no longer at home.

It was later found that Paul de Flondor had become an agent for a company shipping a drug grown in Kashmir. Later, it was exposed that he had made arrangements for the shipment of this drug with a Bengal Official in addition to embezzlement. Found out, Paul de Flondor fled Kashmir traveling to Europe and the United States, but was eventually caught and extradited from Italy.

After being extradited, Paul was taken to court in a case called “The Emperor v. Paul de Flondor,” which took place on March 24th, 1931. He defended himself by stating he could not be tried in Calcutta for an offence committed in Kashmir, so they subsequently let him go. Meanwhile, Kathleen de Flondor approach the Government of Bengal’s Political Department for a set of visas so that she could follow her husband to Romania via Ceylon, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore.

Summary
This collection of photographs and items come from generations of the de Flondor women. They tell the story of an English family in early 20th century India and their eventual migration back to Britain. Through these objects, a historical and personal account of this time period emerges.
Collection
Accession Number
B.52-2014

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record createdJuly 18, 2014
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