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Begum Samru's Household

c. 1820

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library

This painting was made for Begum Samru, an Indian who employed and entertained large numbers of Westerners, converted to Catholicism, and had two European husbands. She was powerful and wealthy, and also, it is said, ruthless and cruel. The painting, which includes the name of each individual portrayed, incorporates both Indian and European elements.

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  • Title: Begum Samru's Household
  • Date Created: c. 1820
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Delhi, India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL In 74.7

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