Finding aid for Views of India album

Beth Ann Guynn


Descriptive Summary

Title: Views of India album
Date (inclusive): between 1857 and 1863
Number: 2017.R.35
Physical Description: 1 Linear Foot (1 album)
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
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Abstract: The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer. Present are views of forts and gateways (Kalinjar; Chunar; Baradar; Bharigarh), palaces, temples (Khajuraho; Bhadaura), ghats, landscapes and waterfalls.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Biographical / Historical

Edmund and William Bellairs were the sons of Sir William of Mulbarton, Norfolk (1793-1863), who as a member of the 15th Hussars served in campaigns against Napoleon in Spain, France and at Waterloo. The inscription and gift of this album to the Reverend Edward Cole thus might be related to the death of Sir William. Both sons served in the British army: Edmund Hooke Wilson Bellairs (1823-1898) retired as a captain in 1852 and settled in New Zealand where he was appointed a member of the upper house of the country's first parliament. He later moved to Biarritz, France, where he was Vice-Consul. Major-General William Bellairs (1823-1913) had a distinguished military career, serving in the Crimea, the West Indies, Canada, Gibraltar, and South Africa.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.R.35.
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2017r35

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 2017.

Processing Information

This finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2018.

Digitized material

Digitized by the repository in 2018. The images are available online:
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2017r35

Scope and Content of Collection

The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer. Present are views of forts and gateways (Kalinjar; Chunar; Bharigarh), palaces, temples (Khajuraho; Bhadaura), ghats, landscapes and waterfalls. Locales depicted include places in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh such as Mirzapur, Banda, Chunar, Punnah, and Mussorie. One photograph depicts the Nagoda chief in Durbar, while another shows cotton weighing in Mirzapur. The British presence in the area is evident in a few images such as those showing "Mckinnon's house" and "our garden at Kingscraig," both in Mussoorie; the Rewa survey station at Kalinjir Fort, and the church at Banda.
Two cartes-de-visite are associated with the fly leaf, which bears the dedication: To the Revd. Edward Cole, M.A. / from Edmund & William Bellairs, / in memory of a kind deed. / October, 1863. The carte-de-visite adhered below the dedication portrays a seated man with a young girl standing between his legs, and has a handwritten caption attached to its lower edge that reads: Capt. E. H. Bellairss & Cassandra. The second carte-de-visite, inserted at the page opening, is a portrait of an unidentified man seated at a desk and writing in a book. The photographer's imprint on its verso reads: Mason & Co. / 28, Old Bond Street, London / 9 Promenade Villas, Cheltenham / 20 St. Giles Street, Norwich.
Two notes from different hands and dates are also inserted in the album. The older note, written in pencil on buff laid paper, describes the making of the Banda & Kirnie (?) prize money. The second, written in ink on blue paper lists the accomplishments of Professor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, the winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The album was bound in diced calf gilt by J. R. Brooks of London (blind stamp on front paste-down), with gilt spine and edges and a brass catch and clasp on the foredge. The front cover bears the gilt monogram E. C. C.
Eighteen of the photographs are numbered in the negative, 13 of which have the monogram: WM. One photograph displays the monogram, but no number. Due to the placement of the numbers and monograms near the bottom edge of the image it seems likely that in other cases monograms and numbers have been cropped from the prints.
English captions are pencilled on the mounts.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series: Series I. Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Bellairs, Edmund Hooke Wilson, 1823-1898

Subjects - Topics

Waterfalls -- India
Temples -- India
Ghats (Architecture) -- India
Fortification -- India

Subjects - Places

India -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints -- India -- 19th century
Photograph albums -- India -- 19th century
Cartes-de-visite -- Great Britain -- 19th century
Photographs, Original


Container List

 

Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863

Views of India album (digitized version)

Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer.

Arrangement

In original order.
box 1, item front cover

2017.R.35-fc Front cover

box 1, page front endpapers

2017.R.35-fe Front endpapers

box 1, page front free endpaper verso

2017.R.35-fev Verso of front free endpaper

box 1, page fly leaf - recto

2017.R.35-f Fly-leaf

Scope and Content Note

Dedication on flyleaf: To the Revd. Edward Cole, M.A. / from Edmund & William Bellairs, / in memory of a kind deed. / October, 1863. Two cartes-de-visite are associated with the fly leaf. The carte-de-visite adhered below the dedication portrays a seated man with a young girl standing between his legs, and has a handwritten caption attached to its lower edge which reads: Capt. E. H. Bellows & Cassandra. The second carte-de-viste, inserted at the page opening, is a portrait of an unidentified man seated at a desk and writing in a book. The photographer's imprint on its verso reads: Mason & Co. / 28, Old Bond Street, London / 9 Promenade Villas, Cheltenham / 20 St. Giles Street, Norwich.
box 1, page 1st blank page

2017.R.35-bl1 Blank page

box 1, page 2nd blank page

2017.R.35-bl2 Blank page

box 1, page 1 recto

2017.R.35-1r Chachai Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.

box 1, page 2 recto

2017.R.35-2r Poowah Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.

box 1, page 3 recto

2017.R.35-3r Kajrāhā Temples, Chutterpore State, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Khajuraho, Chhatapur district.
box 1, page 4 recto

2017.R.35-4r Bhadaura Temples, Churkhance State, C.I.

box 1, page 5 recto

2017.R.35-5r Chunar Fort, Mirzapore Dist.

Scope and Content Note

Chunar Fort, also known as Chandrakanta Chunarghar or Charanadri, Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh.
box 1, page 6 recto

2017.R.35-6r Gatēhri, Chutterpore, C.I.

box 1, page 7 recto

2017.R.35-7r Gateway of Nawab's Palace, Banda

box 1, page 8 recto

2017.R.35-8r The Baradari, Seonda Fort nr. Banda

Scope and Content Note

Datia era fort near Seondha, Madhya Pradesh.
box 1, page 9 recto

2017.R.35-9r The Nagode Chief in Durbar

box 1, page 10 recto

2017.R.35-10r Head of the Keontee Waterfall, Rewah, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Keoti Falls, Rewa district, Uttar Pradesh.
box 1, page 11 recto

2017.R.35-11r The Mohani Temple & Street, Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Mohini temple, Mirzapur. Numbered in negative: 23; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 12 recto

2017.R.35-12r The Naiabakri Ke Hareli, Kalinjir Fort

box 1, page 13 recto

2017.R.35-13r Gateway of the Doorgah, Chunar

Scope and Content Note

Gate to Shah Qasim Sulaiman's tomb. Numbered in negative: 6; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 14 recto

2017.R.35-14r Bamboos near Sohawul, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Numbers in negative are cropped off: 15?
box 1, page 15 recto

2017.R.35-15r Kotwali Well, Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 20; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 16 recto

2017.R.35-16r Luchminaram's Ghat, Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Pakka Ghat.
box 1, page 17 recto

2017.R.35-17r Niagwrhi Falls, Rewah, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Annotation on mount: 360 ft.
box 1, page 18 recto

2017.R.35-18r Kot Tirth Tank, Kalinjar Fort

box 1, page 19 recto

2017.R.35-19r Below the Chachai Falls, Rewah, C.I.

box 1, page 20 recto

2017.R.35-20r Gopal Sagar, Kalinjar Village

box 1, page 21 recto

2017.R.35-21r Bharigarh, Old Fort Gateway

Scope and Content Note

Bhanghar? Annotation on mount: A.D. 200. Numbered in negative: 99.
box 1, page 22 recto

2017.R.35-22r The Mohani Temple &c. at Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Mohini temple. Monogram in negative: WM.
box 1, page 23 recto

2017.R.35-23r Doorova Ghat, Nagode & Banda Road

box 1, page 24 recto

2017.R.35-24r Causeway over the Beylun River, Great Deccan Road

box 1, page 25 recto

2017.R.35-25r Beylun River Causeway

box 1, page 26 recto

2017.R.35-26r Part of the Old College, Seonda Fort nr. Banda

box 1, page 27 recto

2017.R.35-27r Bhadaura Temples

box 1, page 28 recto

2017.R.35-28r Madhogurh Fort, Rewah, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Madhogarh Fort, Rewah. Numbered in negative: 62; with monogram: WM. Components of the fort complex are also noted in annotations on the mount.
box 1, page 29 recto

2017.R.35-29r Sohawul Fort, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 44; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 30 recto

2017.R.35-30r Bharighar, the New Town

Scope and Content Note

Bhanghar?
box 1, page 31 recto

2017.R.35-31r Baba Manda Ke Mandil, Banda

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 86; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 32 recto

2017.R.35-32r Interior of Madhogurh Fort, Rewah, C.I.

box 1, page 33 recto

2017.R.35-33r Kajrāhā Temples, Chutterpore, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 115; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 34 recto

2017.R.35-34r Patarkechar Fort, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 143; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 35 recto

2017.R.35-35r Rewah Survey, Secondary Station at Kalinjir Fort

box 1, page 36 recto

2017.R.35-36r Holy Place in Baba Manda Ke Mandil, Banda

box 1, page 37 recto

2017.R.35-37r Temples at the Bharia Ghat, Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Burrier (Bariya) Ghat, Mirzapur. Numbered in negative: 14; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 38 recto

2017.R.35-38r Katehra, Chutterpore, C.I.

box 1, page 39 recto

2017.R.35-39r Punnah Rajah's Palace, at Punnah, C.I.

box 1, page 40 recto

2017.R.35-40r Burgut Tree at Bharighar

Scope and Content Note

Annotation continues: Tank built A.D. 1062. Numbered in negative: 97; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 41 recto

2017.R.35-41r Mackinnon's House, the Old Brewery, Mussoorie, N.W.P.

box 1, page 42 recto

2017.R.35-42r Old Walls at Bharighar

Scope and Content Note

Annotation continues: Built about A.D. 200.
box 1, page 43 recto

2017.R.35-43r Our Garden at Kingscraig, Mussorie [sic]

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in left margin: W. H. L. & / W. G. M. / made here / F. E.
box 1, page 44 recto

2017.R.35-44r Pau Gardens at Raipoor, Rewah, C.I.

box 1, page 45 recto

2017.R.35-45r Gooraia, on the River Touse, Rewah

Scope and Content Note

Faint annotation on mount in a second hand: Scene on the douse at Gooraia Mewahli. Numbered in negative: 20 (?, cutoff); with monogram: MW.
box 1, page 46 recto

2017.R.35-46r Banda Church

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 80.
box 1, page 47 recto

2017.R.35-47r Weighing Cotton at the Nahr Ghat, Mirzapore

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 18; with monogram: WM.
box 1, page 48 recto

2017.R.35-48r Kajraha Temple

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 111; with monogram WM.
box 1, page 49 recto

2017.R.35-49r Kumhow Talao, Kalinjir Fort

Scope and Content Note

Faint annotation on mount in a second hand: Kumbow, Salow, Kalinjr.
box 1, page 50 recto

2017.R.35-50r Looking Down Stream from the Chachai Falls, Rewah, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 66.
box 1, page 51 recto

2017.R.35-52r Kalinjir Fort from the Distance

box 1, page 52 recto

2017.R.35-52r Poorwa Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.

Scope and Content Note

Purwa Falls, Rewa.
box 1, page 53 recto

2017.R.35-53r Stone Idols

Scope and Content Note

Annotations below the statues read, from left to right: The Buh?; Vishnu; Krishnu; Hanooman; Mahadeo; Gunesh.
box 1, page 54 recto

2017.R.35-54r Kirwee, Palace & Fort

box 1, page 55 recto - 90 recto

2017.R.35-55r_90r Blank pages

box 1, page back endpapers

2017.R.35-be Back endpapers

box 1, item back cover

2017.R.35-bc Back cover

box 1, folder 1

Notes

Scope and Content Note

Two notes from different hands and dates are also inserted in the album at the first blank page. The older note, written in pencil on buff laid paper, describes the making of the Banda & Kirnie(?) prize money. The second, written in ink on blue paper lists the accomplishments of Professor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, the winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.