Widow, India, 1774-1781.
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Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814). Women who had lost their husbands and who had no sons to support them were often treated as outcasts in Indian society. They were no longer permitted to wear the traditional 'choli' or blouse under their saris. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.