in what ways are the Indiansdepicted an inferior
In picturesque paintings:
- India was depicted as a quaint land,
- Its landscape was rugged and wild, seemingly untamed by human hands.
- They represented the traditional life of India as pre-modern, changeless and motionless, typified by faqirs, cows, and boats sailing on the river.
- They showed modernising influence of British rule, by emphasising a picture of dramatic change.
- The Indians were shown as submissive, as inferior, as serving their white masters, while the British are shown as superior and imperious
- They are depicted to flaunt their clothes, stand regally or sit arrogantly, and live a life of luxury.
- Indians are never at the centre of such paintings; they usually occupy a shadowy