Feb 4, 2010

Vintage Indian Photographs by Gertrude Bell Part - 1

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (14 July 1868 – 12 July 1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator in Arabia, and an archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly important to British imperial policy-making due to her extensive travels in Greater Syria, Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1917. Bell, along with T. E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan as well as in Iraq. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq utilizing her unique perspectives from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. During her lifetime she was highly beloved and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman in that time period. (Wikipedia)

These photographs are from 1902

Bombay Yacht Club [View of Yacht Club from across water]

Bombay - View from Towers of Silence [View across coastline from a distance]

Roza, Nahar Khanah, [Indians and children in courtyard]

Roza, Gate of mosque in which Aurungzeb is buried [Gateway of mosque and street. Indians in foreground]

Roza [Tomb of Aurungzeb behind arches, Indian in foreground]

Rotaguon Station [View from train, Indians on platform. Plague inspection.
Native town, Bombay [Street with Indians in foreground]

Khuldabad (Rauza), Maharashtra (15 December 1902)

Khuldabad (Rauza), Maharashtra (15 December 1902)

Hindu Burning Ghat [Funeral pyre near marine lines]

Daulutabad ["City of Fortune," Hill top fortress - Devagiri "Hill of God," on tufa hill in distance. Built by Mohammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi]

Bombay - view from Yacht Club [View across harbour with boats and pavilion on harbour front]

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