One day was often fixed each week or fortnight for washing a complete household's clothes. The concept of a washing day is said to have reflected a family's social status. It was considered a sign of a family's affluence - did they have enough clothes to wear until the next washing day? Washermen (or dhobis) still adhere to the habit of washing days, albeit without the social connotations.
A.B. Shaw and Co. published a number of Indian life series; E.S. Hardy was an illustrator who often painted Christian-themed work.