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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)

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)

Amerapoora, Palace of the White Elephant

Amerapoora, Palace of the White Elephant

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 Western Gopuram

The Western Gopuram

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

The Outer Prakarum, or Corridor Around the Temple of the God Sundareshawara

The Outer Prakarum, or Corridor Around the Temple of the God Sundaresh...

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

Town Hall, Calcutta

Town Hall, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

[Mrs Bayley, Lucknow]
[View in Calcutta]
[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor.]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

The Causeway Across the Vaigai River

The Causeway Across the Vaigai River

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

[Botanical Gardens, Calcutta]
Prinsep's Ghat, Calcutta

Prinsep's Ghat, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

[Government House,Calcutta]

[Government House,Calcutta]

Captain R. B. Hill

The Great Pagoda

The Great Pagoda

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

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)

[Lady Canning]

[Lady Canning]

Jean Baptiste Oscar Mallitte (French, 1829–1905)

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guests, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

Tatta Suddhi Mundapam

Tatta Suddhi Mundapam

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

[Government House, Allahabad]

[Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[The St. Pauls Cathedral, Calcutta]
Outram Institute, Calcutta

Outram Institute, Calcutta

Captain R. B. Hill

The Raya Gopuram from W

The Raya Gopuram from W

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

[My Pegu Pony]
Asile Impériale de Vincennes, la pharmacie

Asile Impériale de Vincennes, la pharmacie

Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)

[The Maidan from Government House During the Rains]

[The Maidan from Government House During the Rains]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[My Arab "Antelope"]
The Raya Gopuram from E.

The Raya Gopuram from E.

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

[Ochterlony Monument, Calcutta]
[Botanical Gardens, Calcutta]
[Simla Bazaar]
Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

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)

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)