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Images of the British Empire Dr John Stevens Thursday 17 October 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, the British Empire held sway over approximately one quarter of the total population of the world. British imperial
power was projected through a variety of artistic mediums, from fine portraiture and grand imperial buildings, to more popular forms of imagery. British artists also produced countless images of people from all over the globe who had become subjects of British rule .

Through considering a variety of paintings, buildings and objects from across the Empire, this lecture provides a fascinating insight into the ways in
which the British viewed themselves and their subjects in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Dr John Stevens is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and a member of academic staff at the SOAS South Asia Institute. His PhD in History is from University College London. He teaches British Imperial history, Indian history and Bengali language, and is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh. He publishes widely in the fields of British and Indian history. His biography of the Indian guru Keshab Chandra Sen will be published by Hurst in 2018. He appears regularly in the Indian media, and was recently a guest on BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time, discussing the poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore.