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 23 May 2014 Rare Photographs
Enclosure (once a Hindu Temple) of Zein-ul-ab-ud-din's Tomb, in Srinagar, Kashmir
Probable date A.D. 400 to 500 (?)

Photograph of the enclosure surrounding Zain-ul-abidin's tomb at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. This photograph is reproduced in Henry Hardy Cole's Ar... Read More
 23 May 2014 Rare Photographs
Ruins of the Temple of Martand, Kashmir - 8th century AD

Photograph of the ruins of Martand from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864.This Hindu temple to the sun deity was built by Lalitaditya (c.724-60), the most powerful and renowned monarch of the Karkota... Read More
 23 May 2014 Rare Photographs
Temple of Jyeshteshwara [Shankaracharya], on the Takht-i-Suliman Hill, near Srinagar. Probable date 220 B.C.

Photograph of the Shankaracharya Temple on the summit of Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon), near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. This view was reproduced in... Read More
 23 May 2014 Rare Photographs
Group of temples near the village of Wangut in the Scind Valley, Kashmir - 8th century AD

Photograph of a temple at Wangat, Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. This photograph is reproduced in Henry Hardy Cole's Archaeological Survey of India report, 'Illustrations of Ancient Buildin... Read More
 17 May 2014 Rare Photographs
View of the Dashashvamedha Ghat from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Babu Jageswar Prasad in 1883.

Dashashvamedha Ghat, on the River Ganges at Varanasi, is one of the busiest of the cities many ghats, where residents and pilgrims... Read More
 4 May 2014 Rare Photographs
Kalugumalai, near Tinnevelly - 1868

Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Kalugumalai (Vulture's Hill) is a rounded granite hillock in the Thoothukodi district of Tamil Nadu. It is known for its Jain rock carvings and a 7th-8th century monolithic temple carved out of the... Read More
 27 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Mahabaleshwar - 1860

Photograph with scenic vista of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, by an unknown photographer, from an album of 40 prints taken in the 1860s. Mahabaleshwar, at 4500 ft in the Sahyadri hills, is the largest and most popular hill-station in Western India, although subject to extrem... Read More
 24 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Parbati Temple, Poona
1850s to 1870s
Photographed by Francis Frith, born 1822 - died 1898

Whole-plate albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

Francis Frith was one of the most successful commercial photographers from the 1850s and 1860s. He also established what was to become the larges... Read More
 19 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Malabar Point and Back Bay, Bombay - 1855

A photograph of Malabar hill, Bombay from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by an unknown photographer about 1855. Malabar hill, near Bombay is 180 feet high and forms a peninsula enclosing Back Bay to the north. Today, the Hill and t... Read More
 19 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Bombay, from Malabar Hill - 1855

A photograph of a view of Bombay from Malabar Hill from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by an unknown photographer about 1855. Originally, Bombay was composed of seven islands separated by a marshy swamp. It’s deep natural harbour led the ... Read More
 19 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Walkeshwar, Bombay - 1855

A photograph of the Walukeshwar temple in Maharashtra from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by an unknown photographer about 1860. The kings of the Silhara dynasty who ruled Bombay from the 9th to the 13th Centuries originally built Walkeshar Temple... Read More
 19 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Essay:
Malabar Hill and the Pirates of Malabar
From 'Maddys Ramblings'

A cursory look at the name of one of the costliest bits of real estate in Bombay (nowadays called Mumbai) signifies its relationship to the South West coastal area of Malabar. There is a reason to that, and I thought I would ... Read More
 19 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Malabar Hill, Bombay
1850s to 1870s
By Francis Frith, born 1822 - died 1898

Whole-plate albumen print from wet collodion glass negative.

Copyright: © V&A Images. Read More
 18 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Portrait of Sir Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney (1812-1878), the Parsi merchant and philanthropist, from the 'Album of cartes de visite portraits of Indian rulers and notables' by Bourne and Shepherd, early 1870s. Cowasji Jehangir started his career at the age of 15 as a warehouse clerk for the firm ... Read More
 17 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Nurses' Quarters, St George's Hospital, Bombay - 1890

Photograph of the front view of the Nurses' Quarters at St George's Hospital in Bombay from the 'Album of architectural and topographical views, mostly in South Asia' taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. St George's Hospital was des... Read More
 17 Apr 2014 Rare Photographs
Byculla Club, Bombay - 1855

A photograph of the Byculla Club, Bombay from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by an unknown photographer about 1855.The Byculla Club opened in 1833, the first of Bombay’s residential clubs serving the British residents of the prosperous and ele... Read More
 31 Mar 2014 Rare Photographs
Panorama of a street scene, Amber
'Views of Eastern Parts of Rajputana, 1885'
By Lala Deen Dayal

Source: Bonhams Read More
 31 Mar 2014 Rare Photographs
View at Mount Abu - 1870s
By Colin Murray
Albumen print, signed, numbered or captioned in negative

Source: Bonhams Read More
 30 Mar 2014 Rare Photographs
Komal's Kirti-sthamba, Chittor

From the book:
Photographs of architecture and scenery in Gujarat and Rajputana
Photographed by Bourne and Shepherd
With historical and descriptive letterpress by James Burgess
Published by Bourne and Shepherd, Bombay - 1874 Read More
 30 Mar 2014 Rare Photographs
The Indur Mahal, Jaipur

From the book:
Photographs of architecture and scenery in Gujarat and Rajputana
Photographed by Bourne and Shepherd
With historical and descriptive letterpress by James Burgess
Published by Bourne and Shepherd, Bombay - 1874 Read More