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New Delhi

The wonders of modern and family life as the Viceroy's private secretary

Amateur film 1928 18 mins Silent


Life in the final decades of Empire revealed by amateur filmmaker Sir Conrad Corfield, private secretary to the Viceroys. With an eye for the marvels of modernity, he shows the early landscape of Lutyens' Imperial New Delhi and the rich from the UK and Gulf States, enjoying air and sea-plane travel at His Majesty George V's pleasure. Corfield's shots emphasise English mastery of animals, technology and land. Preti Taneja