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Collection of 57 albumen prints by Charles T. Scowen, Lala Deen Diyal, and other photographers. Mounted on cardboard and with contemporary handwritten captions.
India, 1886-1887. - Measurements of prints mainly between ca 155 x 195 and 225 x 280 mm. Cardboard measurements 285 x 359 mm. In stable leather box with brass snap-lock; covers and sides gilt; top with gilt lettering "Indien 1886-87". Collection from the possession of the Austrian Imperial ensign Ferdinand Bublay, who was later to take part in the second circumnavigation of the world by the corvette "Fasana" (1893ff.). Contains 9 photos of Sri Lanka (Colombo, Kandy, Anuradhapura), 6 of Bombay (with the temple of Karli), 6 of Jaipur (and Amber), 3 of Delhi, 15 of Agra (of which 6 show the Taj Mahal), 4 of Lucknow, 1 of Benares, 6 of Calcutta, 5 of Darjeeling (and the Himalaya), as well as 2 pictures of natives (without precise location). Among the largely unsigned photographs are also several which can be attributed to important artists. At least three of the Ceylon photos are by Charles T. Scowen (fl. 1873-90); another of Jaipur is signed by Lala Deen Dayal (also: Diyal; 1844-1911); two others can be attributed to him due to his characteristic negative numbers. - Scowen arrived in Ceylon early in the 1870s, where he built up a successful studio within a few years. "His photographs have been judged technically and compositionally superior to the work of other British photographers working in the area. His prints show the natives at home and at work as well as the natural beauty of the island and its plant species" (National Galleries of Scotland). His pictures of the island are to be found in many important collections, among them the British Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Getty Museum, and the New York Metropolitan Museum. - Deen Dayal probably learnt the photography trade at the Thomason Civil Engineering College in Roorkee in 1863. After working for several years as an engineer and draughtsman in Indore, he in 1874 began his activity as a professional photographer (photo portraits of the Viceroy and the Prince of Wales, e. g.). His company remained one of the most important in India up until his death. "Much of this pre-eminence was accounted for by the sponsorship of both Europeans and Indians in high places: he was chosen to accompany Sir Henry Daly on his tour of the Bundalkund Agencies and in 1882 travelled through central India with Sir Lepel Griffin. The most important of these patrons however was the Nizam of Hyderabad who in 1884 appointed him state photographer and paved the way for his similar employment by a number of Viceroys" (Janus Archive Catalogue, Cambridge Univ.). - Very well preserved throughout in the original reddish-brown or purple, occasionally also slightly yellowish tone; virtually no signs of fading. Detailed list available upon request. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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