European Girl In British India Era, Photo 1890

This is an old 1890 cdv photo of a beautiful European girl in the British India era. This young European girl of 16-17 years of age and surely of British parentage. Whose dad might have typically worked either in the army, civil services, or even in commerce and industry. Many British families’ children were born in India but left in 1947 for England.

The children brought up in British India told of their life in the country with great fondness. They had a comfortable or even luxurious lifestyle, with well-trained servants. Acceptance as normal of incidents like earthquakes, life-threatening diseases, prickly heat, mosquitoes, snakes, wild animals, and so on. And of people who were different from themselves.

The most surprising aspect of these children of the Raj was that they had loved and adored their foster homeland.  So much so that they were completely devastated when they returned back to England. Their sense of loss of the earthy smell, the pungent aroma of food, the rutted roads, servants, native children, etc. That were clearly missed in England. Many visited India periodically until the 1970s or 1980s (sometimes beyond). This was to satiate their profound nostalgic feelings. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- some of the famous British personalities who were born in India were Vivien Leigh, actress, Gone With The Wind., Rudyard Kipling, Nobel prize-winning author., Cliff Richard, famed singer.  

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph 1894., Air-India Golden Temple – Old Postcard 1950s., Kerala Backwaters & Cargo Boats – Old Print 1922., City of Cowlang or Kollam In South India – Antique Map 1750

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.





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6½ x 4 inch

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Johnston Hoffman