Throughout the nineteenth-century images such as those created by Gold were used to support pseudo-ethnologies and a ‘race science’ that ranked people and cultures according to their ‘relative development’.

The text accompanying this image tells us that the women of the Coromandel Coast are generally “of small stature, have good figures, and some have such pleasing and delicate features that were it not for their complexions, they might be termed beautiful”. We are informed that one of the figures is a widow who did not commit sati, the immolation of widows that so horrified Europeans. (Next)