A women’s rowing team pauses at the bank of the lake at Nynee Taal (Nainital) in northern India. The surrounding town became a health resort for British officials in the mid- to late 19th century, and the lake was the scene of women’s rowing races. Rowing came to India in the age of imperial rule with the establishment of the Calcutta Rowing Club in 1858, at a time when women’s involvement in athletic activities like lawn tennis, badminton, and roller-skating was on the rise. The ribbons around their hats read “Undine,” referring to the mythological female creatures associated with water.


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Artist
Unknown
Title
[Women's Rowing Team, Nynee Taal, India]
Date
1867
Medium
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 7 13/16 × 10 13/16 in. (19.9 × 27.4 cm) Sheet: 7 13/16 × 10 13/16 in. (19.9 × 27.4 cm) Mount: 8 7/8 × 11 1/8 in. (22.6 × 28.2 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern in honor of Daphne Scarbrough

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.362
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Charles Schwartz, Ltd., New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.