03 November 2021 / 18:50 - 20:00
Virtual event
£5
Postcards: Stall in Northern India, Market scene, Benares dancing girl
Postcards: Stall in Northern India, Market scene, Benares dancing girl
Postcard, Malabar Point, Bombay
Postcard, Malabar Point, Bombay
Author Omar Khan
Author Omar Khan

Explore the origins of Indian postcards as a social platform with author Omar Khan. This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom, and instructions on how to join will be sent to bookers 24 hours beforehand.

How did postcards of India first come to Britain during the so-called “postcard revolution” between 1898-1908? And what did they show of the vast sub-continent to British audiences? Who were the publishers? How did the art change?

In this Zoom talk with Author Omar Khan, attendees will get to explore beautiful postcards and learn how their development was driven by economic, social and media trends.

From the first postcards of India, those made by European publishers in the subcontinent, to the rise of a single London-based publisher that became the world-standard for postcards of India.

The talk will touch upon postcards published by Hartmann & Co. and Raphael Tuck & Sons, as well as the painter Mortimer Menpes and cover the regions from Delhi and Jaipur to Kolkata and Lucknow on a journey through the Instagram of a bygone century.

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