Rare Photographs
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Laying warps for native cloth - 1895

Photograph of women laying out warps on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. The women shown here are unwinding spun thread into long lengths which will later be used to form the warp threads of weaving looms and s... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Man operating a silk loom, Ghotal, Midnapur - 1873

Photograph of a man operating a silk loom at Ghotal in Medinipur, Bengal, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This image was probably shown at an International Exhibition. The produ... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Pumping Engine for Hydraulic cranes, Calcutta Docks - 1891

Photograph taken in 1891 by an unknown photographer of interior of the Hydraulic Engine House building. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ship repairs were carried out. The pu... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Calcutta Docks, Engine House - 1890

Photograph taken in 1890 by an unknown photographer showing the hydraulic engine house at Kidderpore Docks. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ships repairs were carried out. The pumping engine house... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Kidderpore Dock, with steamer 'Mayo' passing through 60 ft dock. The first steamer that entered the Dock in Calcutta - 1891

Photograph taken in1891 by an unknown photographer of the newly constructed graving dock, Calcutta Docks. A graving dock (dry dock), is a dock enclosed by gates and pumpe... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ujjain Ghats - 1875

Photograph of the temples along the river front at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1870s, from the Album of 'Views of Central India by Deen Dayal, Indore'. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre built on... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple, Ujjain - 1869

Photograph of the sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple at Ujjain taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain, on the banks of the River Sipra, is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities and a venue for the Khumbh Mela festival held every tw... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain -1869

Photograph of the ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain, taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre built on the banks of the Sipra river with characteris... Read More
 15 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Top of broken pillar in foreground with the famous Sarnath lion capital standing on the ground beyond - 1905

Photograph of the Lion Capital at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Madho Prasad, c.1905 . S... Read More
 4 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Ramachandra Temple, Vijayanagara - 1856

Photograph showing a processional frieze carved in relief on a wall of the Hazara Rama (Ramchandra) Temple, at Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken by Andrew Charles Brisbane Neill in c.1856, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Vijayanagara, the City of... Read More
 2 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of a view of Maula Ali Hill near Hyderabad. This print was by an unknown photographer in the 1870s and is part of the Temple Collection. Maula Ali Hill is situated 6.5 km (4 miles) west of Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The Shrine of Maula Ali is located here, together with a mosque and... Read More
 2 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of Maula Ali Hill, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in the early 1900s. The view was taken in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh and shows a bazaar with Maula Ali Hill in the background. The Shrine of Maula Ali is located on the hill, t... Read More
 14 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
The Telegraph Office, Bombay - 1870s

An albumen print mounted on brown card by Francis Frith & Co., part of the Universal Series of topographical photographs.

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 13 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Gigantic embroidery in stone at base of Kutb Minar, Delhi - 1903

Stereoscopic photograph of the base of the Qutb Minar at Delhi, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. The Qutb Minar is a tower of victory, part of a complex containin... Read More
 13 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Looking north from a minaret of the Jumma Masjid, Delhi - 1903

Stereoscopic photograph of the city of Delhi, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This is a view from a minaret of the Jami Masjid looking north over the outskirts of ... Read More
 13 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Stereoscopic photograph of Muslims at prayer in the courtyard of the mosque at Ahmadabad, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. The Jami Masjid, situated in the centre of the city, was completed in 1424 and built by Sultan Ahmad Shah (... Read More
 13 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Devout Mohammedans prostrate at prayer time - Jumma Musjid, Delhi - 1903

Stereoscopic photograph of Muslims at prayer in the Jami Masjid at Delhi, taken by James Ricalton in c.1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India.

The Jami Masjid was the principal mosque of S... Read More
 8 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows a fortified gateway known as the 'Talarighat Gate', Hampi (Vijayanagara) - 1856
By Alexander Greenlaw

This photograph shows an oblique view of a ruined three storeyed gateway set into fortified walls. The two upper, arched sections have carved surface detail and a parape... Read More
 8 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows an oblique view of a tall, faceted stone column, sidelit by sunlight and centred against a white sky. The capital of the column has a rounded disc, a faceted disc and a larger rounded disc upon which sits a square metal section with a crenelated ring underneath and on top is... Read More
 7 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows the Garuda shrine, maha mandapa and eastern gopura, Vitthala temple complex, Hampi (Vijayanagara) by Alexander Greenlaw - 1856

This photograph shows an oblique view of an ornately decorated and domed stone shrine which resembles a chariot with large stone wheels and is se... Read More