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PARIS UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION, 1878.
BRITISH INDIAN SECTION.
COMMITTEE OF HER MAJESTY'S COMMISSIONERS
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRESIDENT
15 JANUARY 1877.
THE EARL OF NORTHBROOK, G.C.S.I., CHAIRMAN.
17 MAY 1928
OFFICIAL COMMERCIAL AGENT.
C. PURDON CLARKE.
CLERK IN CHARGE OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS' COLLECTION.
J. MANSEL BRETT.
SCIENTIFIC COLLECTION OF RAW PRODUCTS SPECIALLY
ARRANGED BY P. L. SIMMONDS.
SPECIMENS OF TUSSER SILK AND NATIVE DYE STUFFS,
ARRANGED BY THOMAS WARDLE, LEEK, STAFFORDSHIRE.
EARLY in 1877 His Royal Highness, as President of the Royal Commission, communicated to the Secretary of State for India the proposed arrangements for the forthcoming Exhibition at Paris, at the same time offering to lend the valuable collection of presents, then lodged at the Bethnal Green Museum, which had been made to His Royal Highness by the Princes and Chiefs of India.
The question of the part which should be borne by India in the proposed Exhibition had already been under the consideration of the Council of India, owing to communications made by the French Ambassador to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and it had been decided that the advantage to India did not (more especially at a time when there was unusual pressure on the finances of the country) justify so large an expenditure from Indian revenues as had been incurred on former exhibitions; and it was considered sufficient that contributions of Indian articles should only be made somewhat the scale lopted in the recent instance of the Philadelphia Exhibition, when a selection of raw products and manufactures was entrusted to the care of the Commissioner representing the British Government.
As the collection so liberally offered by His Royal Highness would in the opinion of the Council more than sufficiently represent the higher Art manufactures of India, it was considered necessary on the part of the Indian Government to contribute only a scientific collection of the raw products of the country.
The Committee therefore determined to invite the co-operation of such leading importers as were in a position to illustrate the principal Art manufactures of India.
There remained to represent those articles of Native production, which, though low in intrinsic worth, were as standards of art industry of great interest. Some classes of these Native productions were fully represented in private collections offered by their possessors to the Committee (the peasant jewelry of Mrs. Rivett Carnac, over 6,000 objects, a remarkable instance), and only supplementary collections of ordinary pottery, metal work, chintz printing, &c., had to be made to complete a fairly perfect display of the principal products of the Indian Empire. To obtain these specimens from the different localities His H 22. Wt. B 343.