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Colonial India

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.
[The Earl Canning, Barnes Court, Simla]
1841
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Gateway - Bury St. Edmond's

Gateway - Bury St. Edmond's

Alfred Capel Cure (British, 1826–1896)

The Inner Facade of the Gateway of the East Gopuram

The Inner Facade of the Gateway of the East Gopuram

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

Central Museum Madras: Group 27

Central Museum Madras: Group 27

These extraordinary ancient sculptures originally adorned the Great Stupa at Amaravati, one of the finest monuments in the Buddhist world. The pillar at the center comes from a first-century B.C. phase of cons... more

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

[Doorway of Predikheevenkerk, Gent, Belgium]

Charles D'Hoy (Belgian, 1823–1895)

South East Angle of the Tirambur Pagoda

South East Angle of the Tirambur Pagoda

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

Haughmond Abbey

Haughmond Abbey

Alfred Capel Cure (British, 1826–1896)

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)

[Ishapoor]

[Ishapoor]

Unknown

[Simla Bazaar]
[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)

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

Photographic Views in Madura, Part I

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

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)

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor]

[Gunpowder Agents Bungalow, Ishapoor]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

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)

[Lady Canning]
Photographic Views in Madura, Part III

Photographic Views in Madura, Part III

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

The Kulayana Mundapam

The Kulayana Mundapam

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

[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta]

[View of Chowringhee from Government House, Calcutta]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Kitchen and Stables of Government House, Calcutta]

[Kitchen and Stables of Government House, Calcutta]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Ghulam Muhammad Mosque, Calcutta]
Taglione

Taglione

André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (French, Paris 1819–1889 Paris)

The French and English Fleets, Cherbourg

The French and English Fleets, Cherbourg

Le Gray emerged around 1850 as the most important member of a group of French artists that elected photography as an alternative to painting. His technically superior ability to capture momentary effects of lig... more

[Countess de Castiglione]

[Countess de Castiglione]

Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913)

[Campbell Twins in a Shigram, Governor General's Camp]

[Campbell Twins in a Shigram, Governor General's Camp]

Jean Baptiste Oscar Mallitte (French, 1829–1905)

[Botanical Gardens, Calcutta]
[View in Calcutta]
[Great Sikh Gun taken at Ferozshah on the Night of December 21, 1845, Government House, Calcutta]
Town Hall, Cirencester

Town Hall, Cirencester

Alfred Capel Cure (British, 1826–1896)

[Tomb]

[Tomb]

Unknown

The Muduramiar Mundapam

The Muduramiar Mundapam

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

Side Colonnade in the Muroothappa Sarvacar Mundapam

Side Colonnade in the Muroothappa Sarvacar Mundapam

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

[Scene in Camp]
[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

[Countess Canning with Guest, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Man and Horse, Government House, Allahabad]

[Man and Horse, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Lady Campbell]
Buildwas Abbey

Buildwas Abbey

Alfred Capel Cure (British, 1826–1896)

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 Elephant Rock

The Elephant Rock

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

Cloaca Maxima

Cloaca Maxima

After studying medicine in Edinburgh, Robert Macpherson left Scotland in the early 1840s and, for reasons of health, settled in Rome. Eventually abandoning medicine, Macpherson gained notoriety as a topographic... more

Street in Fatehpur Sikri, India

Street in Fatehpur Sikri, India

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

[Metcalfe House, Delhi]

[Metcalfe House, Delhi]

Jean Baptiste Oscar Mallitte (French, 1829–1905)

[The Taj Mahal, Agra]
[Orientalist Study of a Woman]

[Orientalist Study of a Woman]

Roger Fenton (British, 1819–1869)

The Valley of the Anio, with the Upper and Lower Cascatelle, Mecenas's Villa, and Distant Campagna

The Valley of the Anio, with the Upper and Lower Cascatelle, Mecenas's...

Robert Macpherson (British, Tayside, Scotland 1811–1872 Rome)

[Stag in Cart]

[Stag in Cart]

Far better known in his own day as an athlete and a sportsman than as a photographer, Ross was, even in his sixties, judged the finest shot in Scotland. He described deerstalking as "the most fascinating of all... more

The Neerali Mundapam

The Neerali Mundapam

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

[Gardens, Government House, Allahabad]

[Gardens, Government House, Allahabad]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

The Viravasuntarayan Munapam

The Viravasuntarayan Munapam

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

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

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

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

[Spence's Hotel & St. John's Cathedral, Calcutta]

[Spence's Hotel & St. John's Cathedral, Calcutta]

John Constantine Stanley (British, 1837–1878)

The Tamukkam or Tamkam

The Tamukkam or Tamkam

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

Gateway to Government House, Calcutta