Finding Aid for Views of India, 1860-1890

Beth Guynn


Descriptive Summary

Title: Views of India
Date (inclusive): 1860-1890
Number: 90.R.42
Physical Description: 108 photographic prints (1 album and 1 print)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
reference@getty.edu
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

Access

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
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa90r42

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.

Arrangement

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

Contributors

Harrington & Norman


Container List

 

Series I. Views of India, 1860-1890

Arrangement

In original order.
Item Front cover

90.R.42-fc Front cover

page 1 recto

90.R.42-1r Photographer unidentified, India

Scope and Content Note

Title from mount.
View of the city of Bombay and park, looking towards harbor.
page 1 verso

90.R.42-1v Photographer unidentified, Bombay

Scope and Content Note

Title from mount.
View of city and plaza.
page 2 recto

90.R.42-2r Photographer unidentified, [View of Churches, Bombay]

page 2 verso

90.R.42-2v Photographer unidentified, [Victorian Building, Bombay]

page 3 recto

90.R.42-3r Photographer unidentified, [Victorian Building, Bombay]

page 3 verso

90.R.42-3v Photographer unidentified, [Open-air Cloth Warehouse]

page 4 recto

90.R.42-4r Photographer unidentified, [The Victoria Memorial]

page 4 verso

90.R.42-4v Photographer unidentified, [Bombay, Tower of Silence]

Scope and Content Note

For another copy of this print, see Special Collections accession no. 2002.R.5-8.
page 5 recto

90.R.42-5r Photographer unidentified, [Bathing in the River, India]

page 5 verso

90.R.42-5v Photographer unidentified, [Octagonal Building, India]

page 6 recto

90.R.42-6r Photographer unidentified, [Building, India]

page 6 verso

90.R.42-6v Photographer unidentified, [Harbor, India]

page 7 recto

90.R.42-7r Photographer unidentified, Calcutta, the Burmese Pagoda in the Eden Gardens

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 487. For another copy of this print, see Special Collections accession no. 2002.R.5-27.
page 7 verso

90.R.42-7v Photographer unidentified, [Building with its Rotunda Reflected in Water]

page 8 recto

90.R.42-8r Photographer unidentified, Umritsur, the Golden Temple

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 476.
The Harmandir Sahib or Darbār Sahib in Amritsar.
page 8 verso

90.R.42-8v Photographer unidentified, Umritsur, the Golden Temple

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 475.
The Harmandir Sahib or Darbār Sahib in Amritsar.
page 9 recto

90.R.42-9r Photographer unidentified, [Detail of Stone-cut Wall Decorations]

Scope and Content Note

Amritsar (?)
page 9 verso

90.R.42-9v Photographer unidentified, [Grass-covered Stupa]

page 10 recto

90.R.42-10r Photographer unidentified, Benares, the Napaulese Temple

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 439. For another co2002.R.5py of this print, see Special Collections accession no. 2002.R.5-26.
page 10 verso

90.R.42-10v Photographer unidentified, [River Temple]

page 11 recto

90.R.42-11r Photographer unidentified, Benares, the Burning Ghats

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 435.
page 11 verso

90.R.42-11v Photographer unidentified, Benares, the Burning Ghats

Scope and Content Note

Titled and numbered in negative: 434.
page 12 recto

90.R.42-12r Photographer unidentified, [Mosque ?]

page 12 verso

90.R.42-12v Photographer unidentified, [Jama Masjid, Lucknow (?)]

page 13 recto

90.R.42-13r Photographer unidentified, [Detail of Roof Domes]

page 13 verso

90.R.42-13v Photographer unidentified, [Qutub-Minar, New Dehli (?)]

page 14 recto

90.R.42-14r Photographer unidentified, [Sahdu Practicing Vaggulivata]

page 14 verso

90.R.42-14v Photographer unidentified, [Central Decorated Pillar, Diwan-e-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri]

page 15 recto

90.R.42-15r Photographer unidentified, [Upper Levels, Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra]

page 15 verso

90.R.42-15v Photographer unidentified, [Acrobats]

page 16 recto

90.R.42-16r Photographer unidentified, [Gateway to Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra]

page 16 verso

90.R.42-16v Photographer unidentified, [Harvesting Coconuts]

page 17 recto

90.R.42-17r Photographer unidentified, [Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, Agra]

page 17 verso

90.R.42-17v Photographer unidentified, [Marble Screen Enclosing Sarcophagi in the Interior of the Taj Mahal]

Scope and Content Note

Written on mount: Agra. Numbered in negative: 318.
page 18 recto

90.R.42-18r Photographer unidentified, [Entrance of the Taj Mahal]

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 317. Caption in negative is illegible.
page 18 verso

90.R.42-18v Photographer unidentified, Taj Mahal

Scope and Content Note

Title on mount.
page 19 recto

90.R.42-19r Photographer unidentified, [View of the Taj Mahal]

page 20 recto

90.R.42-20r Photographer unidentified, [View of Taj Mahal from Reflecting Pool]

page 20 verso

90.R.42-20v Photographer unidentified, [View of Taj Mahal from Reflecting Pool]

page 21 recto

90.R.42-21r Photographer unidentified, [Main Gateway, Taj Mahal]

page 21 verso

90.R.42-21v Photographer unidentified, [Agra, Interior Mosaics and Stone Screens]

page 22 recto

90.R.42-22r Photographer unidentified, [Agra, Interior Columns]

page 23 recto

90.R.42-23r Photographer unidentified, [The Diwan-i-Am, Agra Fort, with Cannons]

page 23 verso

90.R.42-23v Photographer unidentified, [Rooflines of Jain Pilgrimage Site, Pāltāṇīā, Gujarat]

page 24 recto

90.R.42-24r Photographer unidentified, [Mosque of Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur]

Scope and Content Note

Vijayapura.
page 24 verso

90.R.42-24v Photographer unidentified, [Mosque of Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur]

Scope and Content Note

Vijayapura.
page 25 recto

90.R.42-25r Photographer unidentified, [Washing Clothes in River]

page 25 verso

90.R.42-25v Photographer unidentified, [Washing Clothes in River]

Scope and Content Note

Same image as 90.R.42-25r.
page 26 recto

90.R.42-26r Photographer unidentified, A[n] Ekka, Benares

Scope and Content Note

Titled in negative, and numbered: 1063.
Horse cart, Varansi.
page 26 verso

90.R.42-26v Photographer unidentified, Dhoolie Bearers, Benares

Scope and Content Note

Titled in negative, and numbered : 1064.
Varansi.
page 27 recto

90.R.42-27r Photographer unidentified, [Ox Passenger Cart]

page 27 verso

90.R.42-27v Photographer unidentified, [Royal Elephant]

page 28 recto

90.R.42-bl1 Blank page

page 28 verso

90.R.42-28v Photographer unidentified, [Group of Shaivite Yogis]

page 29 recto

90.R.42-29r Photographer unidentified, [Studio Portrait of Two Indian Girls]

Scope and Content Note

For another copy of this print, see Special Collections accession no. 2002.R.5-23.
page 29 verso

90.R.42-bl2 Blank page

page 30 recto

90.R.42-30r Photographer unidentified, [Group of Rajasthani Men Posed in the Countryside]

page 30 verso

90.R.42-30v Photographer unidentified, [Family Group on Road]

page 31 recto

90.R.42-31r Photographer unidentified, [Group of People Walking on Road]

page 31 verso

90.R.42-31v Photographer unidentified, [Group of Men and Women in Short Skirts]

page 32 recto

90.R.42-32r Photographer unidentified, [Outdoor Family Portrait]

page 32 verso

90.R.42-32v Photographer unidentified, [Southern Indian Hindu Family Outdoors]

page 33 recto

90.R.42-33r Photographer unidentified, [Muslim Family Portait Outdoors]

page 33 verso

90.R.42-33v Photographer unidentified, [Family Posed Outdoors]

page 34 recto

90.R.42-34r Photographer unidentified, [Qaisar Bagh Palace Gates, Lucknow]

Scope and Content Note

Written on verso: Luk gates.
Qaisar Bagh (also: Qaisarbagh, Qaiserbagh, Kaisarbagh, Kaiserbagh), Lucknow.
page 34 verso

90.R.42-34v Photographer unidentified, Schadat Ali Khan Mookerha Kaiserbagh, Queen, King

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Khan Tombs of Saadat Ali Khan (left) and Moorshed Zadi (right)at Qaisarbagh (also: Qaiserbagh, Kaisarbagh, Kaiserbagh), Lucknow.
page 35 recto

90.R.42-35r Photographer unidentified, Great Mosque, Lucknow

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Mosque of the Great Imambara.
page 35 verso

90.R.42-35v Photographer unidentified, Akbar Tomb, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 36 recto

90.R.42-36r Photographer unidentified, Great Mosque and Imambara, Lucknow

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Principal building Imambara (left) and mosque (right).
page 36 verso

90.R.42-36v Photographer unidentified, [Clock Tower, Lucknow (?)]

page 37 recto

90.R.42-37r Photographer unidentified, General View, Lucknow

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 37 verso

90.R.42-37v Photographer unidentified, Interior of Public Audience Hall Fort Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Arches and ceramic mosaics.
page 38 recto

90.R.42-38r Photographer unidentified, Interior of Itma Dolla, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Ceramic wall mosaics, Totb of I'timād-ud-Daulah.
page 38 verso

90.R.42-38v Photographer unidentified, Private Entrance Hall Interior

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 39 recto

90.R.42-39r Photographer unidentified, [Taj Mahal Reflected in Pool]

page 39 verso

90.R.42-39v Photographer unidentified, Inside Gate, Akbar's Tomb, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Sikandra.
page 40 recto

90.R.42-40r Photographer unidentified, Screen, Akbar Fort

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Upper levels, Akbar's tomb, Sikandra.
page 40 verso

90.R.42-40v Photographer unidentified, [General View of Akbar's Tomb]

Scope and Content Note

Written on verso: Gen. view Akbar's tomb.
page 41 recto

90.R.42-41r Photographer unidentified, Entrance Gate, Akbar's Tomb

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 41 verso

90.R.42-41v Photographer unidentified, Interior of Mosque, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 42 recto

90.R.42-42r Photographer unidentified, General View of Kaiser Hagh

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Qaisar Bagh (also: Qaisarbagh, Qaiserbagh, Kaisarbagh, Kaiserbagh), Lucknow.
page 42 verso

90.R.42-42v Photographer unidentified, First Gate, Palace of Fight, Toosainlabar

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
First gate of the Hosenabad Imambara, Lucknow.
page 43 recto

90.R.42-43r Photographer unidentified, Great Imman Bara, Lucknow

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Principal building of the Great Imambara of Nawab Assuf-ood-daulah.
page 43 verso

90.R.42-43v Photographer unidentified, Interior of Taj Mahal, Stone Screen to Tombs

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 44 recto

90.R.42-44r Photographer unidentified, General View, Taj & Pal, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
View taken from across the river.
page 44 verso

90.R.42-44v Photographer unidentified, Queen's Palace Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Detail of balcony, Mussaman Burj, Red Fort.
page 45 recto

90.R.42-45r Photographer unidentified, Jessamine Tower, Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
Mussaman Burj and Diwan-e-Khas, Red Fort, Agra.
page 45 verso

90.R.42-45v Photographer unidentified, Queen's Bath, Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 46 recto

90.R.42-46r Photographer unidentified, Hindoo Temple, Jast, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
page 46 verso

90.R.42-46v Photographer unidentified, Itma Dolla Tower, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
Itmad-ud-Daulah's tomb.
page 47 recto

90.R.42-47r Photographer unidentified, Throne, Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 47 verso

90.R.42-47v Photographer unidentified, Tomb of Itma Dolla, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, Agra.
page 48 recto

90.R.42-48r Photographer unidentified, Public Audience Hall Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 48 verso

90.R.42-48v Photographer unidentified, Fort, Agra

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
View of fort walls from outside.
page 49 recto

90.R.42-49r Photographer unidentified, Interior, Queen's Place Fort, Agra, Jessamine's Tomb

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
page 49 verso

90.R.42-49v Photographer unidentified, Interior, Mosque Jami, Agra, India

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Agra is spelled "Agara."
page 50 recto

90.R.42-50r Harrington & Norman, St. Paul's Cathedral, Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. In negative: Harrington & Norman, Photo's, Calc[utta].
page 50 verso

90.R.42-50v Harrington & Norman, Panorama, Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso with: No. 1 left. In negative: Harrington & Norman, Photo's, Calcutta. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
The image includes the governor's house.
page 51 recto

90.R.42-51r Harrington & Norman, Sun Rays

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
Sunrise or sunset over landscape.
page 51 verso

90.R.42-51v Harrington & Norman, Panorama, Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso with: No. 2 right. In negative: Harrington & Norman, Photo's, Calcutta. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
Right side of a two-part panorama?
page 52 recto

90.R.42-52r Photographer unidentified, [Snake Charmers]

page 52 verso

90.R.42-52v Photographer unidentified, The High Court, Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso.
page 53 recto

90.R.42-53r Harrington & Norman, Government House, Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. In negative: Harrington & Norman, Photo's, Calcutta. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
page 53 verso

90.R.42-53v Harrington & Norman, Dalhousie Sq., Calcutta

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
page 54 recto

90.R.42-54r Harrington & Norman, Punjabi Metal Worker

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
page 54 verso

90.R.42-54v Photographer unidentified, [Old Man in Lotus Position]

page 55 recto

90.R.42-55r Photographer unidentified, [Portrait of a Tibetan Woman]

page 55 verso

90.R.42-55v Harrington & Norman, Cowcart

Scope and Content Note

Title written on verso. Wet stamp on verso: Harrington & Company / Photographers / Calcutta & Darjeeling.
Thatched wagon.
page 56 recto

90.R.42-56r G. R. Lambert & Co., Transport Elephants

Scope and Content Note

Titled in negative and numbered: 272. Blind stamp: G. R. Lambert & Co. / Singapore.
Item Back cover

90.R.42-fc Back cover

page loose print

90.R.42-s1 Photographer unidentified, [Jaipur Street Scene with Boy and Cow]

Scope and Content Note

Loose gelatin silver photograph tucked in the back of the album.