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.
This is a three-quarter-length, seated portrait of H.H. Man Singh, Raja of Dhrangadhra (1837-1900) from the ‘Album of cartes de visite, portraits of Indian rulers and notables’ by Bourne and Shepherd. This H.H. Man Singh (1869-1900) is known for his able administration, during which he established schools and improved communication systems. He was created a Knight Commander of the Star of India in 1877.
carbon print, brown tone
23.5 x 17.5 cm image
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Not on display