History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

19 December, 2012

Nineteenth Century Views of India

By the 1850s, travel photographs were in. However, easy to operate hand cameras were still a couple decades in the future, as were photo postcards. Instead, photographers offered a variety of scenic views of popular places, to be purchased, taken home, and often put into albums. The new albumen paper, inexpensive and detailed, encouraged the business. Many of the tourist view photographers were highly skilled and produced beautiful pictures. One of the more famous is Samuel Bourne, a British photographer in India in the 1860s. Today, a series of his photographs.

From the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. 


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The Burning Ghat, Benares, 1865. Source



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Mausoleum, Agra, 1865. Source



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Nynee Tal, 1867. Source





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Panorama of Bombay, 1870. Source




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Carved pillars in Panch Mehal, Fettterpore Sikri, 1865. Source



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View of the Seringham Pagodas, 1869. Source




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Munsil-Lucknow, 1865. Source




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Temple at Gwalior Fort, 1870. Source




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View of Darjeeling, 1912. Source



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Kandy, 1870. Source




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Aquaduct of the Ganges Canal, Boorkee, 1868. Source



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The well at Cawmpore, c. 1865. Source




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The Chadney Chouk, main street of Delhi, 1865. Source



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View of rock formations on the Lagudarsi stream at Koto Spiti, 1867. Source




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The Lahore Gate, the palace, Delhi, 1865. Source



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The Tower of Victory, Chittaurgarh, c. 1863-70. Source




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The Buspa Valley from Sungla, 1868. Source



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Tricltinoply, Temple and Enclosure, 1869. Source



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Ajanta, interior of Cave 9, 1869. Source




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Interior of the Chousut Kamba, or Sixty-four Pillared Hall, Delhi, 1865.Source



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Kashmir Baramula, 1864-64. Source




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Narkunda Village and Dak Bungalow, c. 1868. Source



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Elora, Interior of Indur Subha with Figure of Indra, 1869. Source



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Tibet Road, 1867. Source


2 comments:

Jenny said...

I absolutely loved this! I've been creating a Pinterest board with pictures from the Raj but these are completely new to me.

Anna said...

Terrific to hear! So glad you enjoyed seeing them! :)

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