Fred Bremner

Peasant Life, Sindh (About 1890)

About this artwork

This view of peasant life in Sindh shows the province’s largely agriculture-based economy that was dependent on the Indus River and the canal-based irrigation system introduced by the British. In his memoir Bremner described Sindh as "nothing more than a lonely desert... [however] since the inauguration of irrigation throughout the land it has become one of the richest, yielding harvests which compete in production with other provinces... another example of what the British Raj has done for the good of the country".

Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner, the son of a professional photographer in Banff, travelled to India in 1882 and worked there for nearly forty years. He moved all the time, covering vast distances to photograph colonial officers and their families as well as members of the native aristocracy. Bremner was fascinated by the Indian caste system, publishing a volume in 1897 titled 'Types of the Indian Army' illustrating the 'various races' enlisted as troops.