Panorama Indica: British Visions of India, ca. 1787-1857

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
Allbritton 311
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William Pinch
History Department

Sonal, Visiting Scholar, Yale Center for British Art

In this lecture Sonal investigates the use of panorama, mainly by British artists, to depict scenes of India in the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century. Initially developed by Robert Barker in the 1780s as a seamless life-size painting designed to encircle (and overwhelm) the viewer, printers soon began the mass production of lithographed table-top panoramas, both in foldable and scroll format, for popular consumption. Based on recent research at the Yale Center for British Art, Sonal’s lecture traces the changes in production techniques and consumption patterns over the course of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as the political and social messages inherent in the choice of subject matter and the composition of the scenes.

The lecture will be accompanied by illustrations.

Sponsored by the Certificate in South Asian Studies, Co-sponsored by History and Art History. 


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