The Palmer Family

This picture was painted by Francesco Renaldi in Calcutta, 1786. A British officer, Major William Palmer, was painted with the two muslim ladies with whom he lived and with this three young children by his 'senior wife', who sits on his right. The celebration of such relationships in paint would have been entirely unacceptable to later generations in British India.

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by Stephen Luscombe