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H.H. Man Singh, Raja of Dhrangadhra

early 1870s


Bourne and Shepherd


1863 – 2016

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Gujarat India
    early 1870s
    Media category
    Materials used
    carbon print, brown tone
    23.5 x 17.5 cm image
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2011
    Not on display
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    Bourne and Shepherd

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  • About

    Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863 and in 1865 opened a photographic studio in Shimla with Charles Shepherd which rapidly became the pre-eminent studio in India. Additional studios were established in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1867 and Mumbai (Bombay) in 1870. They divided work between them, Shepherd doing most of the studio work and Bourne working outdoors, concentrating on topographical and architectural images. Bourne left India in 1870, but the firm remained active.

    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. Raj Sahib Mansinghji II Ranmalsinhji, the 42nd Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra (1837-1900) from the ‘Album of cartes de visite, portraits of Indian rulers and notables’ by Bourne and Shepherd.

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