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A bound volume of 34 albumen silver prints

circa 1862-1870


Samuel Bourne

England, India

1834 - 1912

Shepherd & Robertson


1862 - 1864


This is a catalogue of topographical studies of the monuments and architecture of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra and Brindavan in North India. The thirty-four photographs are albumen silver prints. Thirty-two were taken Samuel Bourne and two by Shepherd & Robertson.

Each of the Samuel Bourne images is numbered and signed 'Bourne' on the negative. The titles are pencilled in on each page. Some of the text is not visible due to the binding of the book.

Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863. The firm of Bourne and Shepherd was established in 1865 in Shimla, and additional studios were established in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1867 and Mumbai (Bombay) in 1870. Bourne left India in 1870, but the firm remained active. During his seven years in India, Bourne travelled around the subcontinent extensively. Some of his work was published in a catalogue series called ‘Photographic Views in India’.

Charles Shepherd was active in India from the 1858 to the 1878. He went into partnership with Arthur Robertson in 1862, running studios in Agra and then Shimla. The partnership dissolved in 1863, and in 1865, Shepherd joined Bourne. Shepherd's photography included the landscapes and people of northern India. Shepherd probably left India around 1878.


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circa 1862-1870

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Album , Photograph

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albumen silver print


36.0 x 49.0 x 3.8 cm :

a - (Gateway) of Taj Agra; 29.5 x 24.5 cm

b - ... of Akbar from the angle of the first terrace; 29 x 24.5 cm

c - ... of Akbar. The upper marble sarcophagus; 29 x 24.5 cm

d - Agra. Mausoleum of Akbar, Secundra; 29.8 x 24.2 cm

e - Untitled. (Taj Mahal); 30 x 24.3 cm

f - ... from the river; 28.4 x 24 cm

g - Untitled. (Taj Mahal); 29.5 x 24 cm

h - Untitled. (Taj Mahal); 29.5 x 24.2 cm

i - A Hindoo temple; 30 x 24.5 cm

j - ... from the opposite banks of the Jumna. Bridge o; 32 x 19 cm

k - The palace of Akbar, Agra. Interior of the ground; 24.4 x 29.4 cm

l - Quadrangle of the Mooti Masjid; 31.3 x 19.5 cm

m - ... of the Mooti Masjid. Showing beautiful saracen; 29.5 x 23.9 cm

n - Front of the Mooti Masjid, Agra; 29.2 x 24.5 cm

o - The Fort, the Palace of Akbar with the Taj in the ; 29.4 x 24.4 cm

p - Transept of ancient Hindoo temple, Bindrabund; 23.2 x 30 cm

q - A mausoleum … Etmut Daulat; 29.5 x 24.3 cm

r - ... of modern temple build by Seth Huchum Chund, B; 32 x 19.6 cm

s - The marble palace of Akbar, Agra; 29.2 x 24.5 cm

t - The marble palace of Akbar. Taj in the distance. A; 28.8 x 23.8 cm

u - Room in Akbar's palace, Agra.; 37 x 28.4 cm

v - Akbar's office, Futtypore Sikri; 29.3 x 23.8 cm

w - Futtypore Sikri. Ground view of ruins from the fro; 32.3 x 19.4 cm

x - The palace of Birbul, Futtypore Sikri; 29.6 x 24.2 cm

y - Gooroo ki mandi or temple of the Hindu saint, Futt; 29.7 x 24.5 cm

z - The Panch Mahal (Five Palaces), Futtypore Sikri; 29.7 x 23.8 cm

aa - Dewan-i-Kuss or Hall of Audience, Futtypore Sikri; 28.6 x 23.8 cm

bb - Marble pillar in centre of Dewan-i-Kuss, Futtypore; 23.3 x 29.6 cm

cc - View of the great quadrangle showing Sheik Selim C; 32.2 x 19.4 cm

dd - Great gate from the village, Futtypore Sikri; 29.4 x 24.3 cm

ee - ... from the ruined Palace; 36.5 x 25.6 cm

ff - Marble screen enclosing sarcophagi; 20.4 x 27.9 cm

gg - Delhi Gate, Agra; 29.2 x 23.7 cm

hh - ... stone pillars in the old palace of Jahangir; 29.6 x 24.7 cm


Gift of Jim Masselos 2011


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Samuel Bourne

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Shepherd & Robertson

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Where the work was made