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 12 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Pavilions in Aurungzeb's pleasure gardens, Khuldabad (Rauza) - 1868

Photograph of pavilions at Khuldabad photographed by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Rauza, or Khuldabad, meaning ‘Heavenly Abode’ is an old walled town in Maharashtra renowned f... Read More
 9 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Ahalya Bai's Ghat on the River Ganges, Varanasi - 1883

Photograph of Ahalya Bai's Ghat on the River Ganges, Varanasi from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Babu Jageswar Prasad in 1883. Ahalya Bai's Ghat was named after the Queen ... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of what is probably the chhatri or cenotaph of a queen of the Holkar dynasty of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, taken by G.W. Lawrie and Company in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views.

Indore, now a major industrial city known for its textiles and second city o... Read More
 19 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Glacier on banks of Weinghin [Hanle] river - 1860

Photograph of the glacier on the banks of the Weinghin (Hanle) river from the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. The Hanle River is a tributary of the Indu... Read More
 19 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Yarkund Mission, Palace and Monastery, Leh - 1873

This photograph, looking towards the rocky outcrop on which the palace and monastery of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, stand was taken by Edward Francis Chapman in 1873 and is from an album which forms part of the collection of Sir James Robert Du... Read More
 14 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
View of the Kundas or bathing places, Nasik - 1875

Photograph of a view of the Kundas or bathing places in Nasik. Nasik is one of the holy cities of Hinduism as it is believed to be one of the places where Rama spent his exile with Sita and Lakshmana. The town lies on both sides of the Godavar... Read More
 14 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
View over the River Sipra at Ujjain - 1869

This photograph was taken by George Edward Herne in 1869 and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (India Office Series). In this view, which looks across the river Sipra towards the city walls of Ujjain, a temple enclosure is s... Read More
 12 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Agra, 1860

This photograph shows a gateway known as the Hathi Pol (Elephant gateway). From it can be seen the Hiran Minar (Deer tower). There are two people underneath the gateway who give a sense of scale to the building.

This photograph shows a gateway at Fatehpur Sikri, a city built by t... Read More
 7 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Entrance to Sikh Temple, Amritsar - 1870

This temple, built by Guru Arjan Dev in the late sixteenth century represents the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith and draws devout pilgrims from all over the world. Here they experience darshan, an auspicious vision of the temple deity, receive relig... Read More
 7 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Printed in Zürich - 1897

Source: Zentralbibliothek Zürich Read More
 4 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
H.H. the Maharaja's Palace, Trivandrum - 1895

Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Kaudiar Palace, Trivandrum of the Travancore Royal family. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George ... Read More
 4 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
The Maharaja's State Car, Trivandrum - 1900

Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Travancore Maharaja's State Carriage in Trivandrum. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathani... Read More
 4 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum - 1895

Photograph of the gopura of the Padmanabha Temple at Trivandrum, taken by Zachariah D'Cruz in the 1890s from the 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. This ancient Hindu temple is one of the greatest of Kerala and was patronised main... Read More
 3 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Carte De Visite, Illustrations of Anglo Indian Life, Principal Table Servant, India, 19th century.

"Khansamah or The Principal Table Servant"
"The main servant who superintends all the table arrangements, takes orders for dinner and purchases the requisites for daily consumption. The photogra... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Near view of the Taj Mahal from the river Jumna, Agra - 1858

General view of the Taj Mahal from the riverbank just to the north-east, photographed in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet. Both Dr John Murray and Felice Beato, who gave the Tytler's tuition in photography,... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Article/Essay
Harriet Christina Earle (1828 - 1907)

Harriet was the fourth daughter of Lieutenant Colonel John Lucas Earle (the eldest son of Captain Solomon Earle) and Mary Jane Lempriere (sister of Thomas Lempriere who subsequently became Assistant Commissary General of Tasmania). She was born in Secrora, O... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Top of the Palace of the King in the Kaiser Pasand, Lucknow. View taken from the top of a three storey house - 1858

Photograph of the Kaisar Pasand taken by Robert and Harriet Tytler in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857. A caption note accompanying this print continues, "The Palace, about ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Taj of Agra from the land side - 1858

Part of a portfolio of photographs taken in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet, following the Uprising of 1857. The Taj Mahal was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Arjumand Banu Begum upon her death in 1631. ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Mosque at Meerut said to be the principal resort of the mutineers - 1858

Photograph of a mosque at Meerut, taken by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet, in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857. Meerut was a garrison town about sixty km from Delhi. In May 1857 a British comma... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Article/Essay
Robert Christopher TYTLER (25 September 1818 – 10 September 1872) was a British soldier, naturalist and photographer. His second wife HARRIET is well known for her work in documenting the monuments of Delhi and for her notes at the time of the 1857 revolt in India. A species of bird, Tytler's Lea... Read More