The Drinking Well in Hyde Park; 1802

John Murphy

The Drinking Well in Hyde Park; 1802
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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A view of the Drinking Well in Hyde Park. Women and children fill jugs and cups from the well in the foreground. A pet dog drinks from the stream and a picnic table is laid with bread and fruit from a hamper behind them. A black turbanned servant in Lascar uniform carries a parasol.
producers Spilsbury, Maria; Godby, James; Murphy, John
3 July 1802
The servant on the right wears a lascar uniform and a turban and holds a parasol. He is waiting on a party of women and children in Hyde Park. Parish records, newspapers, literature and images like this one show the presence of Indian people in London from the 17th century onwards. The first Indians to arrive in Britain were brought over by officers of the East India Company to serve in their households or to minister to their needs on the long sea voyage from East to West. Like Africans and Caribbeans, these servants were more or less treated as enslaved people.

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