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[Group of 8 waxed paper collodion negatives depicting scenes and landscape in India]
[India, 1856. Comprised of:1) The Gateway to Akbars's Tomb, Sikandra. 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches2) The Gateway to Akbars's Tomb [same perspective as previous but with an additional figure in foreground], Sikandra, 7 x 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches3) Akbars's Tomb, Sikandra [south entrance from the east side of the courtyard]. 7 x 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches4) [Cenotaph and tank, Alwar, Rajastan]. 7 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches5) [Cenotaph and tank, Alwar, Rajastan]. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches6) [Cenotaph or Temple, two figures in the foreground, Alwar, Rajastan]. 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches7) [Cenotaph or Temple, figures and cow in foreground, Alwar, Rajastan]. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches8) [Cenotaph or Temple, seated figure in foreground, Alwar, Rajastan]. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inchesHoused together in a red chemise and morocco-backed box. Provenance: Dr. John Murray; by descent; Sotheby's, London, Early Photographs of India The Archive of Dr John Murray, 18 June 1999.Important collection of original wax paper negatives by one of the most important photographers in India in the mid-19th century.Murray, an officer in the Bengal Medical Service, came to India in 1833, living and working there as a physician and administrator until 1871. In 1848, he was appointed Civil Surgeon of Agra. He seems to have begun practicing the art of photography shortly thereafter, focussing on Agra, Mathura, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri. He first exhibited his photographs with the Bengal Photographic Society in 1857. That year, he returned for a brief sojourn in London and brought with him a quantity of his negatives. There he met with publisher J. Hogarth, who was eager to sell the images to a public clamoring for news about and images of the subcontinent.Over the ensuing years, Hogarth published and sold both individual images as well as portfolios of images, and in 1859 published Picturesque Views in the North-Western Provinces of India containing 25 of Murray's photographs. Murray is considered among the most skilful practitioners of the calotype process in the period. In June 1999, the entire extant archive of Murray's original negatives were sold at Sotheby's London, including the present examples. Very few fragile waxed paper negatives from the early period in photography have survived, making Murray's negatives of particular significance. Impressed by Light, pp. 124-127 and pp. 351-352.
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