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 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
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
Distant view of the Palace at Bangalore from the grounds - 1890

Photograph of the Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894'. The Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka was built in c. 865 and m... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
The Victoria Diamond Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore - 1900

This photograph of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'. "The Victoria Diamond Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore City... constructed i... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
The Navagali or Fifth Day Ceremony of the Marriage of the Maharaja of Mysore - 1900

This photograph of the Royal Marriage, Mysore taken in 1900 by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar and his bride Maharani Pratap Bai ... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Exterior view of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall (Cave XII) and adjoning Vihara, Bhaja Caves, Karli - 1885

Photograph of the exterior of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall (Cave XII) and adjoning Vihara, at Bhaja Caves, Pune District, taken by Henry Cousens around 1880, from the Archaeological Survey of Indi... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Tomb of Mowlana Zarzari Zarbuksh, Rauza - 1890

Close view of tomb of Zar Zari Baksh from the inner courtyard, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. Rauza or Khuldabad, meaning ?Heavenly Abode? ... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Bird's-eye view of the tombs at Khuldabad - 1868

Photograph of tombs at Rauza in Maharasthra, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Rauza, or Khuldabad, meaning ?Heavenly Abode? is an old walled town renowned for its onion-domed tombs. The tow... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Tomb of Aurangzeb, Khuldabad - 1890

View of the entrance to the chamber of Aurangzeb's Tomb photographed from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. Aurangzeb's Tomb (d.1707) is situated at Rauza or ... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
The Paradise Cottage (Rest house), Rauza - 1890

Photograph of the Paradise Cottage (Rest house) and a number of tombs, Rauza, Maharashtra from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. Rauza or Khuldaba... Read More