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photoblog image The Auriol sisters

The Auriol sisters

 

Detail from yesterday's pic.

 

The Auriol sisters

 

Detail from yesterday's pic.

 

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What different times these were, Tom.
Tom Wilson: They were indeed, Frank - but it is still somewhat similar in the sense of the haves and the have nots!
Un rappel de l'esclavage...
Tom Wilson: C'est vrai, Martine.
Makes me glad I didn't live then... Give me some blue jeans and a t-shirt!
Tom Wilson: And just think - the lady in pink had nine children!
Up close and personal! But please let ME pour the tea, right?!
Tom Wilson: Probably the little slave was going to pour.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2020, 06:41
I'll wager this is very true to real life Tom
Tom Wilson: I'm sure it must have been like that back in the day, Chris.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Feb 2020, 06:45
It is very impressive for its detail, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It is, isn't it?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Feb 2020, 07:49
Great detail from the large painting. I went to yesterdays post and it is quite interesting how life was back then (and still is sad )
Tom Wilson: Oh yes, we still have the haves and have nots - I was mortified to discover that the only country in Europe with greater inequality than the UK is Lithuania!
Some people think this is how life will be post Brexit
Tom Wilson: You mean it won't be? Shock horror!!!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Feb 2020, 08:31
Good action shot by the painter.
Tom Wilson: Makes one wonder how long they had to pose - although I suspect he painted them in separate groups.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2020, 11:28
I am so pleased you showed this,Tom - I was trying hard yesterday to see more detail
Tom Wilson: Another detail coming up tomorrow smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2020, 11:29
Those ladies'faces look remarkably modern (apart from the wigs,of course)
Tom Wilson: The men too - I wonder what the lady in pink looked like after her nine children - this was done not long after her marriage.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Feb 2020, 12:07
Took a look at your posting of yesterday. Strange times and the fact that it happened in Bengal. About a 100 years earlier, the linear forebear on my mother's side landed in Bengal, while in service of the Dutch East India Company. Whether he lived like the Auriols, I don't have an inkling. What I do know is that he got married to a Bengal titled woman. Their son also got married to some Bengal woman with a titled father. The son from this marriage then moved to the Cape, as some minor DEIC official, shortly after the company started the halfway station at the Cape of Good Hope. No more cross-racial marriages after that. I also fancy that in the Indian caste system, a royal type would be very Caucasian in appearance. This led to the fact that my mother's forebears always passed for white.

Knowing such history, I can understand that DNA researchers claims a very large percentage of "coloured" blood in "white" veins. I mean, a little boat takes of for the east and a young man starts a life in far flung places - he is not made of stone... Africans (Moors) colonised the south of Europe for many years - bound to happen. History (even in the Bible) is full of travelling Cushites. Moses was married to a Cushite as well.

The problem with the have nots in the picture is they were having far more than they ever had before being employed by the colonials.
Tom Wilson: To marry a titled Bengali lady, I guess he must have been pretty well-placed! As you say, Louis, DNA research is destroyed many misconceptions about the human race - and even finding that most of us have Neanderthal DNA in our mix smile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2020, 12:57
they look a little bored
Tom Wilson: Zoffany probably had them out there for hours - although, of course, he may have painted them indoors in separate groups smile
Well worth going in for the close-up Tom.W
Tom Wilson: Another detail tomorrow, Brian - I found it a fascinating painting.
A fascinating window into their lives, Tom smile

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