Posted on: 8 January 2013

Hasan, our bheestie (water-carrier) at Simla, 1908.

Oil on canvas by Gertrude Ellen Burrard (later Lady Gertrude) (1860-1928), 1908.

Gertrude Ellen Burrard accompanied her husband Sidney Burrard, an Indian Army Officer, around the Indian subcontinent during his time as Superintendent on the Trigonometrical Survey of India. As an amateur artist, she recorded the people and places that she encountered and exhibited her paintings for many years in India. This painting was awarded the Figure Prize at the Simla Art Exhibition in 1908 and was bought by Sir James Walker. When Lady Burrard died in 1928, Lady Walker kindly presented the picture to the artist's family.

Source: National Army Museum, London

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There still exists bhishti at Nizamdin Dargah in Delhi

khub sundor

There are still a few bhishtis visible in some parts of South Mumbai too!!!

Thank you for sharing. Please support

i remember these men on our streets in churghgate well! not seen any recently!

Wow....she was good :)

Superb artwork by amateur artist Gertrude Bullard in 1908, looks like a photograph