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Shepherd & Robertson 
Bheeties 
1862-1868 
  
Albumen print 
17.9 x 21.4 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP R 882 
  
 
LL/56773 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
This photograph is part of a series taken by the firm of Shepherd and Robertson for a book entitled 'The People of India' by Forbes Watson, published in 1868. The Bheesties are water sellers, and according to Watson the ones seen here are Muslim. Many of them served with the army and were highly regarded for their bravery in battle. 'They go into action with their corps, supplying water under the hottest fire. Many a wounded or dying soldier has been relieved in his agony of thirst by these gallant fellows'. 
 

 
  
 
  
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