Nov 18, 2016

Fancy Group, Indore II

Fancy Group, Indore II


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Raja Deen Dayal

(Indian, 1844–1905)

Albumen print

Image: 11.7 x 18.9 cm (4 5/8 x 7 7/16 in.); Paper: 11.7 x 18.9 cm (4 5/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.266.35



Entertainments at “fancy dress” or costume parties often included amateur theatricals or tableaux vivants—static scenes drawn from literature, history, or artworks. Here, Deen Dayal captured three moments distilled from a popular novel or play. The guests—all middle or upper class—perform as characters ranging from the working class to ladies and gentlemen. Because the photographic technology of the time required strong daylight, the photographs would have been made on a separate occasion, not at the party.

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Albumen print

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