Letts's bird's eye view of the approaches to India (1900s)
|Author:||W H Payne|
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In honor of Indian Independence Day.
This is a beautiful panoramic map, and one that offers some unique chances for some armchair interpretation.
Two redcoats in pith helmets, on the rocks in the lower-right corner. They're hemmed-in pretty abruptly by the dashed red line marked "British Boundary", but they know how quickly those things can change. They think they're gazing out over some prime land, but they're gazing out over the goddamn Graveyard of Empires... they just don't know it, yet.
But one guy's gesturing to the other. They have big plans for it. He's like "Tut-tut, tally-ho, let's giv' 'er a knackering an den go watch the telly." or whatever. If only he knew.
(I don't know any English people. I'm sure this wasn't a very nuanced characterization. I apologize.)