Rare Photographs
 23 Jun 2017 Rare Photographs
South entrance, Chenna Kesava Temple, Belur - 1895

This photograph of the Chennakeshava Temple, Belur taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.This temple was built at the behest of the Hoysalan king Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD. The ... Read More
 22 Jun 2017 Rare Photographs
Carved friezes at base of the Keshava Temple shrine at Somnathpur - 1865

Photograph of a detail of carved friezes at base of the Keshava Temple shrine at Somnathpur, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s from the 'Photograph album of Major General Jackson Muspratt Muspratt-Williams'. The... Read More
 21 Jun 2017 Rare Photographs
Details of carvings at the Prasanna Chennakesava temple, Somnathpur - 1895

This photograph of the Prasanna Chennakesava temple, Somnathpur taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'. The Keshava Temple at Somnathpur near Mysore, comp... Read More
 3 May 2017 Rare Photographs
Four-columned mandapa, with the gopura of the Ranganatha Temple, Srirangam - 1858

Photograph of the street towards the open-sided, four-columned mandapa, with the gopura of the Ranganatha Temple beyond, taken by Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) in 1858. This is a sacred Vaishnava complex situated on t... Read More
 3 May 2017 Rare Photographs
Temple jewellery from the Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam - 1895

Photograph of an arrangement of temple jewellery from the Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1896-98. The Ranganatha Temple is one of the largest and most sacred complexes in... Read More
 3 May 2017 Rare Photographs
Jambukeshvara temple on the island of Srirangam - 1858

Photograph of a a palm-shaded street towards the distant west gopura of the Jambukeshvara temple on the island of Srirangam, taken by Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) in 1858. This sacred complex dates mostly from the 17th century Nayaka period an... Read More
 18 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
The Church in Karachi, Pakistan - 1860

This photograph was taken in the 1860s to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It shows the Church of the Holy Trinity in Karachi in modern-day Pakistan. Commenced in 1852 and completed in 1855, the church was designed b... Read More
 18 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
St Mary's Church in Fort St George, Madras - 1851

Photograph of St. Mary?s Church in Fort St George, Madras, Tamil Nadu, taken by Frederick Fiebig in c.1851. St Mary?s Church is the oldest surviving Anglican church in the East. Built by Sir Streynsham Master, Governor of Madras between 1678-81, ... Read More
 18 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
The English Church, Delhi - 1860

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. Colonel James Skinner raised the famous cavalry corps in India known as Skinner's Horse. Skinner (1778-1842) was of mixed parentage, born of a Scottish father and Rajput mother. At t... Read More
 15 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
Brihadishvara Temple complex in Thanjavur - The pyramidal gateway at entrance - 1868

Photograph of the Brihadishvara Temple complex in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. Thanjavu... Read More
 15 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
View from the north-west of the lower part of the fa?ade of the main tower of the Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur - 1892

Photograph of the Brihadishvara Temple complex at Thanjavur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Alexander Rea in c. 1892. Thanjavur was established an... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
General view from outside of the west gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram - 1895

Photograph of the Ramalingeshvara temple at Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is situated on the sacre... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
View of the interior of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshwara Temple, Rameswaram - 1882

Photograph of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Nicholas and Company in c.1882, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
Rameswaram Pagoda, Island of Paumben. Entrance passage as seen from west gateway - 1868

Photograph of the Ramalingeshvara Temple complex in Rameswaram from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. This complex i... Read More
 28 Mar 2017 Rare Photographs
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 10 Jan 2017 Rare Photographs
Nandi in the Temple grounds, Tanjore - 1895

Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the pavilion with the monolithic bull Nandi in the Brihadishvara Temple complex at Thanjavur, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola ki... Read More
 28 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
The Kampani ka kot'hi (the East India Company factory), Painam, Sonargaon - 1872

Photograph of the East India Company factory, Painam, Sonargaon in Bangladesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W. Brennand in 1872. Sonargaon was a noted producer of the celebrated Dhak... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Shroffs, Money Changers - 1863

Studio portrait of shroffs or money changers at Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863. This image of two men, seated with account books and piles of coins, is reproduced as illustration number 185 in Volume IV of John Forbes Watson's 'The People... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Book writers - 1895

Photograph of three Hindu priests writing religious texts in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. This thre members of this group of Brahmins, members the priestly caste, are engaged in copying out sacred texts from which t... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Delhi Bankers - 1863

Photograph of a full-length group portrait of four seated men, described as bankers in the caption, from Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863.

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