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Photograph - Messenger


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX8, shelf X, box 290A

Physical description

"Peon, Chuprassie or Messenger".
Nearly all communications and purchases are made by written communication. These letters or chits, as they are familarly called, are conveyed by the Peon. This class of servant is also employed as a gatekeeper and policeman etc. Wages Rs.4 - Rs.6 per month.

Place of Origin

India (made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 6.2 cm, Width: 10 cm

Object history note

The descriptive caption written on the back of the Carte De Visite is part of a series highlighting 'Illustrations of Anglo-Indian Life', published ca. 1860 by J.L. Lyell in Musoorie and Allahabad, India.

Historical context note

Between 1860-1900 numerous photographs were taken, predominantly by the middle to upper classes of Victorian society, to record family portraits and scenes of every day life. The photographs were mounted on small cards measuring approximately 2.5 x 4 inches, to compliment the size of visiting cards, and became known as Carte De Visite. Today these Carte De Visite provide a good record of the clothing worn during the colonial period in India and the varied occupations of native people.

Descriptive line

Carte De Visite, Illustrations of Anglo Indian Life, Messenger, India, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lyell, J.L "Illustrations of Anglo-Indian Life", Musoorie and Allahabad, India. (No date).

Subjects depicted

Messenger; Servant




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