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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Views of India
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1890
    Number: 90.R.42
    Physical Description: 108 photographic prints (1 album and 1 print)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Photographs of religious and secular monuments and group portraits of local residents in India.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical Historical Note

    The album was compiled by an unidentified person, probably of English origin.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Views of India, 1860-1890, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 90.R.42

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1990.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn in 1994; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 2010. Guynn updated the finding aid in 2021.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The album of 107 photographs contains images of well-known Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim monuments, with an emphasis on the monuments of Mughal India. There are views and details of temples, stupas, mosques, tombs and mausoleums, and fortified palaces. Locations represented include Agra, Benares (Varansi), Delhi, and Lucknow. The monuments of Agra, such as the Taj Mahal, the buildings in and around the Red Fort, and Akbar's tomb in nearby Sikandra, are particularly well represented. There are also several group portraits of Indian families and portraits of Indian of various ethnic groups and professions. The British presence in India is evident in views of Victorian Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta (Kolkata).
    Also included is one loose gelatin silver print of a Jaipur street scene.
    The photographers who took most of the photographs in the album have not yet been identified. However, nine photographs are know to be by Harrington & Norman. These are signed in the negative: Harrington & Norman, Photo's, Calcutta; and/or bear the firm's wet stamp: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling. One photograph bears the blind stamp: G. R. Lambert & Co. Singapore.
    The album has blue and cream cotton brocade covers.
    The titles of the individual photographs are from the English captions in the negative or the English annotations on their versos, as noted. For consistency, titles devised by the cataloger retain the nineteenth century spellings used throughout the album.


    Arranged in a single series: .Series I. Views of India, 1860-1890

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    G.R. Lambert & Co

    Subjects - Topics

    Hindu temples -- India
    Buddhist architecture -- India
    Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
    Mausoleums -- India
    Mosques -- India
    Islamic architecture -- India
    Tombs -- India

    Subjects - Places

    India -- Description and travel
    India -- Antiquities
    Calcutta (India) -- Description and travel
    Bombay (India) -- Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Studio portraits -- India -- 19th century
    Gelatin silver prints -- India -- 19th century
    Albumen prints -- India -- 19th century


    Harrington & Norman