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 30 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
View of the north end of Naini Tal, with the new Assembly Rooms in the foreground - 1885

Photograph of Nainital from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by an unknown photographer in 1885. The area of the Kumaon Hills had come under Britis... Read More
 29 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Photograph by Samuel Bourne of the Zojji-La Pass, Kashmir, about 1866

From 1863-1870, Bourne made three trips to the Himalayas in Northern India. Many of these topographical photographs appear as a result of this final, six month photographic expedition in 1866, accompanied by Dr. G.R Playfair... Read More
 29 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
The Spiti Valley from the Dunkar - 1866
By Samuel Bourne

Taken from a high viewpoint this photograph looks down and through a valley of high mountains. In the foreground in the top left hand side is a corner of a ruined building, possibly part of the Dankar fort. As the mountains recede into ... Read More
 27 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph by Samuel Bourne of 'A bit of the new road near Rogi' Punjab, about 1866

From 1863-1870, Bourne made three trips to the Himalayas in Northern India. Many of these topographical photographs appear as a result of this final, six month photographic expedition in 1866, accompanied by Dr... Read More
 24 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Peaks in Hamla pass, Himalayas, 15000 ft.
1850-1900

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 23 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Bunderpoonch, the Jumnootri Peak - 1865

View of the Bunderpunch in Yamunotri in the Himalayas, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Bunderpoonch peak was named after the legend that Hanuman, the Monkey God, after setting the city of Lanka on fire with his burning tail, extinguished the flame o... Read More
 23 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Snowy peaks of Jumnotri, near source of Jumna - 1866

Photograph of snowy peaks of Jumnotri, near source of Jumna from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866.Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years... Read More
 21 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Glen near Kulu Valley - 1866

Photograph of a glen near Kulu Valley from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866.Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken ... Read More
 21 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Village of Kot Kul[u] - 1860

View of the Kullu valley, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The Kullu Valley is 80 km long, bordered by the Pir Panjal to the north, the Parvati Range to the east, and the Barabhangal Range to the west. It was k... Read More
 21 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Beijnath Temple, Kangra Valley - 1870

Photograph of the Beijnath Temple in the Kangra Valley from the 'Bellew Collection: Photograph album of Surgeon-General Henry Walter Bellew' by a photographer with the initials H.B.C. dating from c.1870.

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 27 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Carte De Visite, Illustrations of Anglo Indian Life, Camel Rider, India, 19th century.

"Camel Sowar or Camel Rider"
"Employed for the conveyance of letters and over long distances. The speed, endurance and general utility of the camel are proverbial. Wages Rs. 6- Rs. 8 per month".

The des... Read More
 13 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Chief of Buddaga by unknown photographer from Madras School of Industrial Arts, Southern India, India, 19th century.

Portrait of the Chief of Buddaga seated in a wicker basket upon the floor, from a hill tribe located in the Nilgiri Hills.

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 13 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of two Kirumbala men by an unknown photographer from Madras School of Industrial Arts, Southern India, 19th century.

Portrait of two men depicted leaning against a rock whilst holding their agricultural tools, from the Kirumbala tribe in the Nilgiri Hills.

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 13 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of a woman from the Cassersarow tribe by unknown photographer from Madras School of Industrial Arts, Southern India, 19th century.

A woman wearing traditional jewelley is depicted leaning against a wall with her left hand raised to her chest, from the Casserarow tribe in the Nilgiri... Read More
 12 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of a Toda man by unknown photographer from Madras School of Industrial Arts, Southern India, 19th century.

Portrait of a Toda man wearing traditional clothing with his right hand raised to his chest, standing against a plain white wall. This hill tribe are widely recognised in India... Read More
 12 May 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph by Carl W.Damman from the Anthropological and Ethnologies Album of Asia, 1873, Germany.

Individual images are based on a frontal portrait and profile to highlight a Panjabi Sikh, a Parsi male from Bombay, a bare chested male from Tranquebar in Southern India, and a frontal portrait of... Read More
 10 May 2013 Article/Essay
A Banyan Tree, Punjab
By Francis Firth
19th century

Francis Frith was one of the most successful commercial photographers from the 1850s and 1860s. He also established what was to become the largest photographic printing business in England. This image is part of the V&A's Francis Frith 'Un... Read More
 28 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
Ashoka Pillar in Allahabad - 1858

Photograph of the Ashoka Pillar in Allahabad from 'Murray Collection: Views in Delhi, Cawnpore, Allahabad and Benares' taken by Dr. John Murray in 1858 after the Uprising of 1857. Allahabad's location at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna river in central In... Read More
 28 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
THE ALLAHABAD PILLAR

The Asoka Pillar now in Allahabad Fort is rightly regarded as originally erected at KauSambi. Dr. Bhandarkar says that the savanna or orders of Asoka against schism which we find engraved on pillars are at three different places, namely, Sarnath, Sanchi and Allahabad. "Th... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
The Palace, Bangalore - 1890

This photograph of the Palace, Bangalore taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.General view of the buildings, built in castle form, with a large group seated in carriages in the foreground. Caption... Read More