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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)

David Octavius Hill - St. Andrews. Madras College, India
[Women Grinding Paint, Calcutta], India
View in the Jungle, Bengal

View in the Jungle, Bengal

Captain R. B. Hill

[Jama Masjid Mosque, Delhi]
[House at Delhi]
Wine Palm, Caryota Urens
Chancery Lane
[Rumi Darwaza and gateway of the Bara Imambara (left) with 'jawab' (Facsimilie Gateway) opposite,]
[View of the Jungle, Bengal]
Bengal Artillery Mess House
Sago Palms

Sago Palms

Unknown

[St. James Church, Delhi]
Juggernaut Car, Madras, India

Juggernaut Car, Madras, India

Frederick Fiebig (German, active 1840s–50s)

Elephant Group
[St. James Church, Delhi]
View in the Jungle, Bengal

View in the Jungle, Bengal

Captain R. B. Hill

View of the Taj Mahal from the Jamuna, Agra
Temple at Allipore

Temple at Allipore

Captain R. B. Hill

Second Attempt to Photograph Our Room at Delhi
[Kanpur Memorial]

[Kanpur Memorial]

Captain R. B. Hill

Lord Hardinge's Monument, Calcutta, India
Botanical Garden
[Man in Loincloth with Strands of Beads]
View of the Taj Mahal from the Gate, Agra
[Humayun's Tomb, Delhi]

[Humayun's Tomb, Delhi]

Captain R. B. Hill

Pullah Fisherman

Pullah Fisherman

Unknown (British)

[Pillars in the Monolithic Temple at Elephanta, Near Bombay]
[Temple of the Golden Cow, Benares]
[Monkey Temple, Benares]
[Ruins at Old Delhi]
Marble Screen in the Sumon Burj or Queen's Baths, Delhi
[Formal Family Portrait of Thirteen People, Men in European Dress]
[Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, Agra]
Another Impossible Task
Amerapoora: Wooden Bridge
Tsagain Myo: A Roadway
Pugahm Myo: Thapinyu Pagoda
Tsagain Myo: Litters under a shed.
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, Palace of the White Elephant

Amerapoora, Palace of the White Elephant

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

Amerapoora: Part of Balcony on the South Side of Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung
Rangoon: Henzas on the East Side of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda
No. 7. Ye-nan-gyoung. Pagoda and Kyoung.
Amerapoora: Shwe-doung-dyk Pagoda
Amerapoora: Corner of Mygabhoodee-tee Kyoung
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)

[Lord Canning's Hill Pony]
[A Cargo of Seventy Elephants Landing from Burmah during the 1857 Mutiny]
Gateway to Government House, Calcutta, India
[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

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)

[Deodars at Annandale, Simla]
[Lady Cannings Grey Arab]
[Major Jones and Lady Canning]
[Lady Canning], 19th century

[Lady Canning], 19th century

Jean Baptiste Oscar Mallitte (French, 1829–1905)

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

Scotch Kirk, Calcutta, India
[Major Jones, H.M. 13th Regiment, A.D.C.]
[Shipping in the Hooghly near Fort, Calcutta], India
[Right Flank of Governor Generals Camp]
The Neerali Mundapam

The Neerali Mundapam

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

[Mrs Bayley, Lucknow]
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)

[My Arab "Antelope"]
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)

[J.C.S. on a Riding Camel]
[Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur], India
[The Taj Mahal from the Banks of the Yamuna River]
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)

[Old Burial Ground, Dum Dum, Calcutta], India
[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Temple in the Suburbs of Calcutta], India
St. John's Church, Calcutta, India
[Botanical Gardens, Calcutta], India
[Entrance to Botanical Gardens, Calcutta], India
[Ishapoor], 19th century
[Burning Ghat, Chandanagore-a French Settlement on the Hoogly]
Pillars in the Recessed Portico in the Roya Gopuram with the Base of One of the Four Sculptured Monoliths, Madura
[Runjeet Singh's Tomb and the Great Mosque at Lahore]
[Side View of Main Street, Governor General's Camp]
Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

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

[View of Chandanagore]
[Government House, Allahabad]

[Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

The Jewels of the Pagoda
[Lady Canning and J.C.S.]
[Lady Campbell], 19th century
The Western Gopuram

The Western Gopuram

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]
[Simla Bazaar], 19th century
[Captain Stanley,Grenadier Guards, A.D.C.]
[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta], India

[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta], India

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

Charles D'Hoy (Belgian, 1823–1895)

Prinsep's Ghat, Calcutta, India
[Akbar's Tomb and Gardens, Sikandra, India]
[Tomb at the Qutub Minar, Delhi]
[Hatti Kana-The Elephant Camp]
[Casuarina Trees, Botanic Gardens, Calcutta], India
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