November of 1908, in the garden of his family's old home on Lawrence Road in Lahore—we see Umrao Singh Sher-gil as a young man, his curly beard still dark, his long hair unbound, sitting cross-legged in the image's gray half-tone shadows on an old-fashioned wicker stool in front of the garden wall, where the leaves on autumnal vines grow indistinct as they recede from focus. He's looking down at an unopened book on his lap.
Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – 1917) was a musician and composer. He is considered the “King of Ragtime Writers.” Ragtime is music played in “ragged” or off-the-beat time. This varied rhythm developed from African American work songs, gospel tunes, and dance. Joplin wrote forty-four original piano pieces or rags, two operas, and one ragtime ballet. He also co-wrote seven rags with other composers.