Finding Aid for Indian portrait album

Beth Ann Guynn


Descriptive Summary

Title: Indian portrait album
Date (inclusive): 1880
Number: 2011.R.17
Physical Description: 1 album (133 photographic prints)
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: The album contains 122 carte-de-visite and 11 cabinet card portraits of Indian sitters and related subjects by various photographers including: Bourne & Shepherd; John Burke; Hurrychund Chintamon; Photographie Parisienne, Bombay; Shapoorjee Hormusjee; Vussuntrao Hurrychund & Co.; Rustomjee Jamsetjee; David Sykes; and P. Vuccino & Co.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

The album may have been compiled by a member of the Jeejeebhoy family, whose portraits predominate at the beginning of the album.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Indian portrait album, circa 1880, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2012.R.14

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2011.

Processing History

The finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2012 and updated by her in 2020.

Scope and Content of Collection

The album presented to the Honorable M. Mowat from H. H. J. contains 122 carte-de-visite and 11 cabinet card portraits of Indian sitters and related subjects by various photographers. The album may have been compiled by a member of the Jeejeebhoy family, whose portraits predominate at the beginning of the album.
The portraits are arranged in groups identified by religion such as: Parsee gentlemen; Hindoo gentlemen; Mahomedan gentlemen; Parsee ladies; Hindoo ladies; Hindoo songstresses; and Hindoo mythological idols. Portraits of Parsees predominate, although Hindus and Muslims are also well-represented. Many of the sitters, who include maharajas, officials, and members of prominent families, are identified by name. Others, including some of the family groups, are identified only by ethno-religious denominators. Images of unnamed tradespersons are also interspersed in the album. Some of the portraits and religious images are photographic reproductions of paintings; there are also photographs of sculptures.
While the makers of the majority of the photographs are as yet unidentified as the card slots obscure most of the photographers' imprints, the following photographers or studios have been identified: Bourne & Shepherd; John Burke; Hurrychund Chintamon; Photographie Parisienne, Bombay; Shapoorjee Hormusjee; Vussuntrao Hurrychund & Co.; Rustomjee Jamsetjee; David Sykes; and P. Vuccino & Co.
The album is bound in brown morocco leather with a partial brass clasp remaining on the foredge of the front cover. The intials M. M. are gilt stamped on the front cover. An embroidered inscription inserted in the first opening reads: To / the Hon'ble / M. Mowat / from H. H. J. / Bombay / 14th May 1880. A binder's ticket pasted on back free endpaper reads: W. Butcher and Son / Blackheath / London S.E.
The category headings and individual sitter identifications written in brown ink on many of the mounts have been used as page titles and titles of individual photographs respectively. The titles for pages and photographs lacking annotations have been devised by the cataloger. The photographs are cartes-de-visite (four per page), unless noted as being cabinet cards.

Arrangement

In original order.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Chintamon, Hurrychund
Hormusjee, Shapoorjee
Jamsetjee, Rustomjee
Sykes, David Harold

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

P. Vuccino & Co.
Bourne & Shepherd
Vussuntrao Hurrychund & Co.

Subjects - Topics

Occupations -- India
Muslims -- Portraits
Parsees -- Portraits
Hindus -- Portraits
Hindu gods

Subjects - Places

India -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Studio portraits -- India -- 19th century
Albumen prints -- Greece -- 19th century
Group portraits -- India -- 19th century
Cartes-de-visite -- India -- 19th century
Cabinet cards -- India -- 19th century
Photograph albums -- India -- 19th century
Petit point -- India -- 19th century
Copy prints -- India -- 19th century


Container List

 

2011.R.17-fc Front cover

page Front paste-down

2011.R.17-fpe Front paste down

page Front free endpaper

2011.R.17-ffe Front free endpaper

page Verso front free endpaper

2011.R.17-ffev Verso of front free endpaper

page 1 recto

2011.R.17-1r Blank page 1

page 1 verso

2011.R.17-1v Verso of blank page 1

page 2 recto

2011.R.17-2r [Dedication]

Scope and Content Note

The petit point dedication inserted in the cabinet card opening reads: To / the Hon'ble / M. Mowat / from H. H. J. / Bombay / 14th May 1880.
page 2 verso

2011.R.17-2v [Portraits of Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy and Arduseer Hormasjee Wady]

Scope and Content Note

Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy (also: Jejeebhoy, Jeejebhoy), 1st Baronet Jejeebhoy of Bombay, CMG (1783-1859) was a Parsi merchant and philanthropist.
item 1

2011.R.17-2v.1 Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, Bart.

Scope and Content Note

Reproduction of a painted portrait.
item 2

2011.R.17-2v.2 Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, 2nd Baronet

Scope and Content Note

Title from negative.
item 3

2011.R.17-2v.3 [Portrait Bust of Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy as a Young Man]

item 4

2011.R.17-2v.4 Arduseer Hormasjee Wady

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of an engraving.
page 3 recto

2011.R.17-3r [Members of the Jeejeebhoy Family]

item 1

2011.R.17-3r.1 Sorabjee Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy

item 2

2011.R.17-3r.2 Rustomjee Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy

item 3

2011.R.17-3r.3 The Late Sir George Cowasjee J. Readymoney

Scope and Content Note

Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney, CSI (1812-1878) was a Bombay broker, civic leader, and philanthropist.
item 4

2011.R.17-3r.4 Byramjee Jeejeebhoy, C.S.I.

page 3 verso

2011.R.17-3v Parsee Gentlemen (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-3v.1 H. H. Schroff

item 2

2011.R.17-3v.2 Sir Dunshaw Mannockjee Petit, Bart.

Scope and Content Note

Dinshaw Maneckji Petit (1823-1901) was a Parsi entrepreneur and founder of the Manackji Petit Spinning & Weaving Mills, the first textile mills in India.
item 3

2011.R.17-3v.3 [Portrait of a Young Parsee Gentleman]

item 4

2011.R.17-3v.4 [Portrait of a Parsee Gentleman]

page 4 recto

2011.R.17-4r Parsee Gentlemen (II)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-4r.1 [Older Man Seated Next to an Ornate Table]

item 2

2011.R.17-4r.2 [Two Men, One Seated, One Standing]

item 3

2011.R.17-4r.3 Bomanja [?] Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy

item 4

2011.R.17-4r.4 [Seated Man Resting His Hand on a Book]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
page 4 verso

2011.R.17-4v Parsee Gentlemen (III)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-4v.1 [Man Standing next to Drapes and Ornate Table]

item 2

2011.R.17-4v.2 Sir Cowasjee Jchanghir in His Carriage

Scope and Content Note

I.e. Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney.
item 3

2011.R.17-4v.3 [Portrait of a Parsee Gentleman Seated in an Ornate Chair]

Scope and Content Note

Written on mount below image: Yours most sincerely, / [name obscured]. Printed below image: Engraved by Saml. Allen. London [?] from a photh. by D. Sykes of Bombay.
item 4

2011.R.17-4v.4 [Bust Portrait of a White-haired Parsee Gentleman]

Scope and Content Note

Title devised.
page 5 recto

2011.R.17-5r Hindoo Gentlemen (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written slightly below the middle of the page it; may refer only to the two lower portraits.
item 1

2011.R.17-5r.1 [Bust Portrait of a Man in a Tall Turban Looking to the Left]

item 2

2011.R.17-5r.2 The Late Member of Council Pemabhoy Hemabhoy

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of an Indian minature painting.
item 3

2011.R.17-5r.3 [Bust Portrait of a Man in Three-quarter View]

item 4

2011.R.17-5r.4 [Seated Man Holding a Cane and a Book]

page 5 verso

2011.R.17-5v Hindoo Gentlemen (II)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page. The annotation running below the two upper portraits on the page reads: The Late Hon'ble Juggonath Sunkersett and his son the late Venayekrow.
item 1

2011.R.17-5v.1 [The Honorable Juggonath Sunkersett]

Scope and Content Note

Jagannath Shankarsheth Murkute (1803-1865) was an educator and philanthropist.
item 2

2011.R.17-5v.2 [Venayekrow Sunkersett]

item 3

2011.R.17-5v.3 The Late Hon'ble Narayen Wasouden

item 4

2011.R.17-5v.4 [Man Seated at a Table with a Stack of Books]

page 6 recto

2011.R.17-6r Hindoo Gentlemen (III)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-6r.1 [Seated Man with a Book on His Knee]

item 2

2011.R.17-6r.2 [Old Man, Seated]

item 3

2011.R.17-6r.3 [Young Man with Hoop Earring]

Scope and Content Note

The same sitter is depicted in item 2 on page 6 verso.
item 4

2011.R.17-6r.4 [Man Standing, Holding a Walking Stick and Gloves]

page 6 verso

2011.R.17-6v Hindoo Gentlemen (IV)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-6v.1 The Hight Priests of the Hindoos

item 2

2011.R.17-6v.2 [Young Man with a Cloth Draped over His Arm]

Scope and Content Note

The same sitter is depicted in item 3 on page 6 recto.
item 3

2011.R.17-6v.3 [Old Man Seated at a Table]

item 4

2011.R.17-6v.4 [Man Seated with His Hands in His Lap]

page 7 recto

2011.R.17-7r [Portraits of Men]

item 1

2011.R.17-7r.1 [Seated Ruler]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 2

2011.R.17-7r.2 A Hindoo Hermit

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a print.
item 3

2011.R.17-7r.3 The Prince of Nepaul [sic]

item 4

2011.R.17-7r.4 Sir Munguladass Nathoobhoy, C.S.I.

page 7 verso

2011.R.17-7v Mahomedan Gentlemen

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-7v.1 [Seated Man Holding a Walking Stick]

item 2

2011.R.17-7v.2 [Man Wearing an Embroidered Coat]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 3

2011.R.17-7v.3 [Man Seated before a Painted Backdrop]

item 4

2011.R.17-7v.4 Bombay Police Officers

page 8 recto

2011.R.17-8r Parsee Ladies (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-8r.1 [Woman with a Child at Her Right Side]

item 3

2011.R.17-8r.2 [Seated Woman, Frontal View]

item 2

2011.R.17-8r.3 [Woman Seated in Profile]

item 4

2011.R.17-8r.4 [Woman with a Child at Her Left Side]

page 8 verso

2011.R.17-8v Parsee Ladies (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page. The heading refers only to the two upper photographs.
item 1

2011.R.17-8v.1 [Woman Seated with Her Arm on a Table]

item 2

2011.R.17-8v.2 [Woman Seated with Her Foot on a Stool]

item 3

2011.R.17-8v.3 Sweetmeat Sellers

item 4

2011.R.17-8v.4 Glass Bangle Merchant

page 9 recto

2011.R.17-9r [Male Occupational Portraits I]

item 1

2011.R.17-9r.1 A Carpenter

item 2

2011.R.17-9r.2 A Hindoo Barber Shaving

item 3

2011.R.17-9r.3 Bread Seller

item 4

2011.R.17-9r.4 A Toddy Drawer Selling Toddy

page 9 verso

2011.R.17-9v [Male Occupational Portraits II]

item 1

2011.R.17-9v.1 A Hindoo Scythe Sharpener

item 2

2011.R.17-9v.2 A Hindoo Barber Shaving

item 3

2011.R.17-9v.3 A Toddy Drawer

item 4

2011.R.17-9v.4 A Toddy Carrier

page 10 recto

2011.R.17-10r [Male Occupational Portraits III]

item 1

2011.R.17-10r.1 An Athlete

item 2

2011.R.17-10r.2 A Hermit

item 3

2011.R.17-10r.3 A Ghatty Gardener

item 4

2011.R.17-10r.4 Hindoo Prayer Meeting

page 10 verso

2011.R.17-10v A Parsee Old Lady - A Widow

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 11 recto

2011.R.17-11r A Parsee Married Couple

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card. The photographer is ShaporjeeHormusjee.
page 11 verso

2011.R.17-11v A Hindoo Family

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 12 recto

2011.R.17-12r Mahomedan Young Gentlemen

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 12 verso

2011.R.17-12v A Kurrachee Nobleman

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 13 recto

2011.R.17-13r Hindoo Cotton Brokers

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 13 verso

2011.R.17-13v Parsee Boys and Girls

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card portrait of five siblings.
page 14 recto

2011.R.17-14r Parsee Young Scholars

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 14 verso

2011.R.17-14v A Parsee Lad

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 15 recto

2011.R.17-15r The Hon'ble Nanabhai Hurrydass, Late Act. Judge High Court

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page 15 verso

2011.R.17-15v [Female Rulers and Royalty]

item 1

2011.R.17-15v.1 H.H. the Beghum of Bhopal

Scope and Content Note

Standing portrait of Shāhjahāṉ Begum of Bhopal taken by Bourne & Shepherd in the early 1870s.
item 2

2011.R.17-15v.2 H.H. Jumnabai of Baroda

Scope and Content Note

This portrait was made by Bourne & Shepherd in 1875.
item 3

2011.R.17-15v.3 H.H. Jumnabai Young Gaekwar & his Sister Princess Jarabai of Baroda

Scope and Content Note

This portrait was made by Bourne & Shepherd in 1875.
item 4

2011.R.17-15v.4 [Unidentified Female Royal]

page 16 recto

2011.R.17-16r Hindoo Ladies (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-16r.1 [Woman with Her Arm Resting on the Back of a Chair]

item 2

2011.R.17-16r.2 [Woman with Her Arm Resting on a Table]

item 3

2011.R.17-16r.3 [Woman on a Sofa]

item 4

2011.R.17-16r.4 [Portrait Bust of a Young Woman]

page 16 verso

2011.R.1-16v Hindoo Ladies (II)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-16v.1 [Two Women, One Seated, One Standing]

item 2

2011.R.17-16v.2 [Seated Woman with Her Arm Resting on a Table]

item 3

2011.R.17-16v.3 [Woman Standing with Her Arm on a Stack of Books]

item 4

2011.R.17-16v.4 [Woman with a Little Boy Sitting on a Table]

page 17 recto

2011.R.17-17r Hindoo Ladies (III)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-17r.1 [Three-quarter Length Portrait of Seated Woman]

item 2

2011.R.17-17r.2 [Two Women and a Girl]

item 3

2011.R.17-17r.3 [Seated Woman Wearing a Shawl]

item 4

2011.R.17-17r.4 [Seated Woman with Her Arm on a Table and Her Legs Crossed]

page 17 verso

2011.R.17-17v Hindoo Songstresses (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-17v.1 [Three Female Musicians]

item 2

2011.R.17-17v.2 [Woman with Her Hand to Her Head]

item 3

2011.R.17-17v.3 [Seated Woman]

item 4

2011.R.17-17v.4 [Two Standing Woman Flanking a Seated Woman]

page 18 recto

2011.R.17-18r Hindoo Songstresses (II)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-18r.1 [Two Women at a Table]

item 2

2011.R.17-18r.2 [Woman Seated next to a Vase of Flowers]

item 3

2011.R.17-18r.3 [Two Women Seated on the Ground, One Holding a Scarf]

item 4

2011.R.17-18r.4 [Four Male Musicians and a Female Singer]

page 18 verso

2011.R.17-18v [Male Rulers I]

item 1

2011.R.17-18v.1 H.H. the Nizam of Hydrabad

Scope and Content Note

Portrait of the Nizam as a child.
item 2

2011.R.17-18v.2 H.H. the Gaekwar of Baroda

item 3

2011.R.17-18v.3 H.H. Ruunjeetsing

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a print. Printed below image: Late Maharajah Runjeet Singh.
item 4

2011.R.17-18v.4 H.H. Scindia

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a print.
page 19 recto

2011.R.17-19r [Male Rulers II]

item 1

2011.R.17-19r.1 H.H. the Late Ameer of Cabul Sheralli

Scope and Content Note

Seated portrait of Sher Ali (1825-1879; Amir of Afghanistan from 1863 to 1879), wearing a heavy coat and astrakhan hat and holding a rifle; taken by John Burke in 1869.
item 2

2011.R.17-19r.2 H.H. the Rao of Cutch

item 3

2011.R.17-19r.3 H.H. the Raja of Drangdra

Scope and Content Note

H.H. Man Singh, Raja of Dhrangadhra (1837-1900).
item 4

2011.R.17-19r.4 H.H. the Thakore of Gondul

page 19 verso

2011.R.17-19v [Male Rulers III]

Scope and Content Note

Page title devised.
item 1

2011.R.17-19v.1 H.H. the Maharaja of Mysore

Scope and Content Note

Chamarajendra Wadiyar X (1863-1894) was the twenty-third maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore (1868-1894). The portrait was taken by Bourne & Shepherd in 1877.
item 2

2011.R.17-19v.2 H.H. the Nawab of Bhavulpore

item 3

2011.R.17-19v.3 H.H. the Rana of Oodeypore

item 4

2011.R.17-19v.4 H.H. the Nawab of Oolwar

page 20 recto

2011.R.17-20r [Male Rulers IV]

Scope and Content Note

Page title devised.
item 1

2011.R.17-20r.1 H.H. the Nawab of Rampore

Scope and Content Note

Nawab of Rampur.
item 2

2011.R.17-20r.2 H.H. the Raja of Kolapore

item 3

2011.R.17-20r.3 H.H. the Nawab of Joonaghur

Scope and Content Note

Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji II Bahadur Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh (1838-1882; ruled 1851-1882)
item 4

2011.R.17-20r.4 H.H. the Nawab of Pallitana

Scope and Content Note

Nawab of Palitana.
page 20 verso

2011.R.17-20v [Male Rulers and Chieftans]

item 1

2011.R.17-20v.1 The Chief of Raykote

item 2

2011.R.17-20v.2 The Chief of Alwar

Scope and Content Note

HH Maharao Raja Shri Sheodan Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Alwar (1857 - 1874).
item 3

2011.R.17-20v.3 Sons of H.H. the Late Rao of Cutch

item 4

2011.R.17-20v.4 H.H. Kalooba of Jamunggur

page 21 recto

2011.R.17-21r [Ministers and Rulers]

Scope and Content Note

Page title devised.
item 1

2011.R.17-21r.1 Sir Sular Jung the Nizam's Minister

Scope and Content Note

Sir Mir Turab Ali Khan, Salar Jung I, GCSI (1829–1883) was Prime Minister of Hyderabad State from 1853 until his death in 1883. He was also the regent for the young Nizam, Asaf Jah VI, from 1869 to 1883.
item 2

2011.R.17-21r.2 Raja Sir T. Madhowrao the Gaekwar's Minister

Scope and Content Note

Copy of a photograph by Photographie Parisienne, Bombay. Raja Sir Tanjore Madhava Rao, KCSI (1828–1891) was an Indian statesman, civil servant, administrator, and politician.
item 3

2011.R.17-21r.3 A Hindoo Chief of the Deccan

item 4

2011.R.17-21r.4 H.H. Aga Khān

Scope and Content Note

Aga Khan II (1830-1885) became the 47th Imam of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims in 1881.
page 21 verso

2011.R.17-21v [Male Rulers and a Chieftan]

item 1

2011.R.17-21v.1 The Eldest Son of H.H. Aga Khān

item 2

2011.R.17-21v.2 The Chief of Edur

item 3

2011.R.17-21v.3 H.H. the Nawab of Kissenghur

item 4

2011.R.17-21v.4 H.H. Akbar Khān of Cabul

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a colored lithograph portrait of Wāzir Akbar Khān (b. Mohamed, 1816-1845), the leader of the revolt against the British in Kabul during the First Anglo-Afghan War.
page 22 recto

2011.R.17-22r Hindoo Mythological Idols (I)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-22r.1 [Statue of Ganesha and a Daşi]

item 2

2011.R.17-22r.2 [Baby Ganesha with Shiva and Parvati]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 3

2011.R.17-22r.3 [Sixteen-armed Vishnu]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 4

2011.R.17-22r.4 Native Musicians

page 22 verso

2011.R.17-22v Hindoo Mythological Idols (II)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page.
item 1

2011.R.17-22v.1 [Vishnu]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 2

2011.R.17-22v.2 [Krishna]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 3

2011.R.17-22v.3 [Hanuman]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a painting.
item 4

2011.R.17-22v.4 [Worshipping a God]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a print.
page 23 recto

2011.R.17-23r Hindu Mythological Idols (III)

Scope and Content Note

Page title from the caption written across the top of the page. All of the images are of statues.
item 1

2011.R.17-23r.1 [Krishna]

item 2

2011.R.17-23r.2 [Shiva and Parvati]

item 3

2011.R.17-23r.3 [Krishna without His Flute]

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproduction of a print.
item 4

2011.R.17-23r.4 [Ganesha]

page 23 verso

2011.R.17-23v The Late Raja of Kalopore

Scope and Content Note

Cabinet card.
page Back free endpaper recto

2011.R.17-bfer Recto of back free endpaper

Scope and Content Note

The binder's ticket pasted near the gutter reads: W. Butcher and Son / Blackheath / London S.E.
page Back free endpaper verso

2011.R.17-bfev Verso of back free endpaper

page Back free endpaper verso

2011.R.17-bpe Back paste down endpaper

page Back cover

2011.R.17-bc Back cover