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Weighing Cotton Export Britain British Market

Weighing Cotton Export Britain British Market


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Weighing Cotton Export Britain British Market

Weighing cotton in Bombay (modern Mumbai), India for export to the British market. After a work in The Illustrated London News, October 11, 1862. Later colorization

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© Ken Welsh

1860s 1862 Bombay Britain Cotton Drawing Export India Indian Market Mumbai Weighing The Illustrated London News


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This print takes us back to the bustling city of Bombay (modern Mumbai), India in 1862. The image showcases a significant aspect of the region's history - the weighing of cotton for export to the British market. In this vibrant illustration, we witness workers meticulously measuring and evaluating heaps of cotton, ensuring its quality before it embarks on a long journey across oceans. The scene is filled with an air of anticipation and industry as men skillfully handle bales upon bales of this precious commodity. The engraving beautifully captures their dedication and expertise, highlighting their integral role in facilitating trade between India and Britain during this era. The colorization adds an extra layer of richness to the already vivid depiction, breathing life into every detail - from the vibrant hues adorning traditional Indian attire to the earthy tones that evoke memories of dusty warehouses brimming with raw materials. As we gaze upon this archival gem, we are transported back in time, immersing ourselves in a bygone epoch where commerce thrived amidst cultural exchange. It serves as a reminder not only of India's historical significance as an exporter but also sheds light on how global markets were interconnected even centuries ago. Ken Welsh's masterful work allows us to appreciate both the artistic prowess behind such illustrations and their invaluable contribution to our understanding and appreciation for history.

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