Preparation for a Suttee, or the Immolation of a Hindoo Widow.from a Drawing by Capt.n Grindlay.
Published by Smith, Elder & Co. Cornhill, London .
Hand-coloured aquatint, image 215 x 285mm. 8½ x 11¼". Lacking upper and lower margin; glued to backing sheet.
Sati was a religious funeral practice among some Indian communities in which a recently widowed woman would have immolated herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The practice was banned in 1829 by the British. From Robert Grindlay's (1786-1877) 'Scenery, costumes and architecture, chiefly on the western side of India,' 1826-30. Vol I, Pl. 13. Grindlay, founder of the ANZ Grindlays Bank, came to India in 1803, worked with the East India Company and served with the Seventh Bombay Native Infantry from 1804-1820.
Abbey Travel 442. National Art Library (V&A Museum); General Collection 46.D.5.
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