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Colonial India

Early photography in colonial IndiaCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1850
[The Earl Canning, Barnes Court, Simla]
With the invention of photography, the eighteenth-century British passion for recording exotic lands and studies of the peoples in India was given new impetus. The earliest photography on the continent dates from 1840 in Calcutta, the political center of British India. The technology for photography arrived in India quickly became popular among the local rulers-many of whom employed photographers at their courts-as well as the British who had come to make their fortunes in the colony. For both populations, the new medium replaced painting as the method for recording the local landscape, architecture, people, and important events.
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The China Medal of 1842, granted by the Government of India

The China Medal of 1842, granted by the Government of India

Medalist: William Wyon (British, Birmingham 1795–1851 Brighton)

Amerapoora, Palace of the White Elephant

Amerapoora, Palace of the White Elephant

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Pugahm Myo: Distant View of Gauda-palen Pagoda

Pugahm Myo: Distant View of Gauda-palen Pagoda

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Amerapoora, Barracks of the Burmese Guard

Amerapoora, Barracks of the Burmese Guard

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

No. 1. Prome. General View.

No. 1. Prome. General View.

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

The Neerali Mundapam

The Neerali Mundapam

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

View of the N. E. Angle of the Tirambur Pagoda.

View of the N. E. Angle of the Tirambur Pagoda.

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

[Lady Canning]

[Lady Canning]

Jean Baptiste Oscar Mallitte (French, 1829–1905)

Scotch Kirk, Calcutta

Scotch Kirk, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

[Mrs Bayley, Lucknow]
[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[My Arab "Antelope"]
Outer Prakarum on the North Side of the Temple of the God Sundareshwara

Outer Prakarum on the North Side of the Temple of the God Sundareshwar...

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Gateway to Government House, Calcutta
View of the Sacred Tank in the Great Pagoda

View of the Sacred Tank in the Great Pagoda

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

St. John's Church, Calcutta

St. John's Church, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

Entrance to the Thousand Pillared Mundapam in the Great Pagoda

Entrance to the Thousand Pillared Mundapam in the Great Pagoda

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Asile Impériale de Vincennes, la pharmacie

Asile Impériale de Vincennes, la pharmacie

Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)

[My Pegu Pony]
[Ishapoor]

[Ishapoor]

Unknown

[Lady Campbell]
[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta]

[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

The Western Gopuram

The Western Gopuram

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

[Government House, Allahabad]

[Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

Prinsep's Ghat, Calcutta

Prinsep's Ghat, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

[Gardens, Government House, Allahabad]

[Gardens, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

Charles D'Hoy (Belgian, 1823–1895)

[Simla Bazaar]
[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

Street in Fatehpur Sikri, India

Street in Fatehpur Sikri, India

John Murray (British, Blackhouse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1809–1898 Sheringham, Norfolk county, England)

The Raya Gopuram from E.

The Raya Gopuram from E.

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Entrance to the Temple of Minakshi in the Great Pagoda

Entrance to the Temple of Minakshi in the Great Pagoda

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

[The St. Pauls Cathedral, Calcutta]
[N.E. Gate of Government House, Calcutta]

[N.E. Gate of Government House, Calcutta]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Government House,Calcutta]

[Government House,Calcutta]

Captain R. B. Hill

[Tolly's Nullah, Calcutta]

[Tolly's Nullah, Calcutta]

Captain R. B. Hill

[Botanical Gardens, Calcutta]
The Bishop's Palace, Calcutta
The Great Pagoda

The Great Pagoda

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

Gateway - Bury St. Edmond's

Gateway - Bury St. Edmond's

Alfred Capel Cure (British, 1826–1896)

[Ghulam Muhammad Mosque, Calcutta]
[View in Calcutta]