This album belonged to Vernon Fortescue, a touring theatre manager. It depicts aspects of life in British India in the late 19th century.

These photographs show the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Sialkot, in present day Pakistan. It was the first Catholic school in the Punjab, and still exists today. Both European and Indian girls can be seen in the photograph.

Also shown is the drawing room of a British colonel stationed in Lahore. The décor, furniture and ornaments are typically British, but the large bear skin introduces an element of the “exotic”, which travellers to the colonies liked to portray in their surroundings.

BECC 2006/019/1/30-31