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9 Drawings That Reveal The Lavish Lifestyles That British Colonisers Led In India

Eat, pray, colonise.

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The European In India is a collection of drawings curated by Charles Doyley and published in 1813. It depicts the lifestyles of European settlers in the subcontinent and now, 200 years later, sheds light on the lavish lifestyles they led.

1.

"An Indian servant washes the feet of his European master."
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"An Indian servant washes the feet of his European master."

2.

"An Indian servant watches his European master smoking a hookah."
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"An Indian servant watches his European master smoking a hookah."

3.

"A young European leans back in his chair and takes a drag on his hookah while his Indian servant reads to him."
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"A young European leans back in his chair and takes a drag on his hookah while his Indian servant reads to him."

4.

"An Indian servant holds a straight razor in his mouth while he prepares the shaving foam for his British master."
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"An Indian servant holds a straight razor in his mouth while he prepares the shaving foam for his British master."

5.

"A group of British men in India watch a performance by a local dancer."
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"A group of British men in India watch a performance by a local dancer."

6.

"A young child being pampered by its British parents and its Indian nanny."
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"A young child being pampered by its British parents and its Indian nanny."

7.

"A saumpareeah, or snake-catcher, exhibiting snakes before Europeans."
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"A saumpareeah, or snake-catcher, exhibiting snakes before Europeans."

8.

"A European woman giving instructions to her durzee."
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"A European woman giving instructions to her durzee."

9.

"A young Indian servant pulls continuously on a cord attached to a large ceiling fan, in order to cool the room while his master eats dinner."
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"A young Indian servant pulls continuously on a cord attached to a large ceiling fan, in order to cool the room while his master eats dinner."