Collecting Statues in India and Transferring Them to Britain, or the Intertwined Lives of Indian Objects and Colonial Administrators (Late Eighteenth Century to Early Nineteenth Century)

  • Anne-Julie Etter
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


The transfer of Indian statues to Europe developed from the last decades of the eighteenth century onward, as the East India Company came to control a growing number of territories and populations in the subcontinent. After analyzing how statues were collected in India and conveyed to Britain, this chapter focuses on these objects’ resonances in the course of their displacement and integration into private collections and museums. It examines images’ evolving functions and modes of display together with the career paths of colonial administrators, both as employees of the East India Company and aspirant scholars desirous of promoting their newly acquired expertise on Indian antiquities within metropolitan networks and institutions.


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  • Anne-Julie Etter
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  1. 1.Cergy-Pontoise UniversityCergy-PontoiseFrance

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