Rare Photographs
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Photographs
Nandi in the Temple grounds, Tanjore - 1895

Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the pavilion with the monolithic bull Nandi in the Brihadishvara Temple complex at Thanjavur, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola ki... Read More
 28 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
The Kampani ka kot'hi (the East India Company factory), Painam, Sonargaon - 1872

Photograph of the East India Company factory, Painam, Sonargaon in Bangladesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W. Brennand in 1872. Sonargaon was a noted producer of the celebrated Dhak... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Shroffs, Money Changers - 1863

Studio portrait of shroffs or money changers at Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863. This image of two men, seated with account books and piles of coins, is reproduced as illustration number 185 in Volume IV of John Forbes Watson's 'The People... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Book writers - 1895

Photograph of three Hindu priests writing religious texts in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. This thre members of this group of Brahmins, members the priestly caste, are engaged in copying out sacred texts from which t... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Delhi Bankers - 1863

Photograph of a full-length group portrait of four seated men, described as bankers in the caption, from Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863.

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 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Bank of Bengal at Calcutta - 1870

Lithograph of the Bank of Bengal at Calcutta by Vincent Robert Alfred Brooks (1814-85) one of 'Eight views of Calcutta' published in London c.1870. Originally known as the Bank of Calcutta, the bank received its Royal Charter in 1809 and became the Bank of Benga... Read More
 22 Oct 2016 Rare Photographs
Shrine at Haripur, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan - 1865

Photograph of a small shrine at Haripur, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. This temple has two cat-like stone figures guarding the steps. The town of Haripur was founded in 1822 ... Read More
 22 Oct 2016 Rare Photographs
Rattan Chand's Temple, Lahore - 1880

Photograph of the temple of Rattan Chand at Lahore, Pakistan, taken by George Craddock in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, is considered the cultural centre of Pakistan. Islam came here a... Read More
 5 Sep 2016 Rare Photographs
Temple of Ganapathi, Khatav, Satara District - 1897

Photograph of the Temple of Ganapati at Khatav in the Satara District of Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in 1897-98. This side view, shows the massive masonry blocks used in the construction. In the Progress report for the Archaeological Su... Read More
 5 Sep 2016 Rare Photographs
Nawgaon Ganapati Temple, Dhar - 1902

Photograph of the Nawgaon Ganapati Temple at Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902.

Dhar in the Malwa region of central India has a long tradition of history encompassing both Hindu and Muslim rule. It was once the capital of the ... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Great Gopuram (152 ft.) and Entrance to Temple, Madura -1860

Photograph of a gopuram (tower) and entrance of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in Madurai, taken by Nicolas & Company in the 1870s. This great temple complex (dating mostly from the 17th century in its current form), dedicated to an... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Interior of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai - 1860

Photograph of the interior of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, from the Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s . The temple complex at Madurai was built under the patronage of Tirumala (1623-60), one of th... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Sanctum of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai - 1870

Photograph of the sanctum of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, from the Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1870s . The temple complex at Madurai was built under the patronage of Tirumala (1623-60), one of the ... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Ruins of Vijayanagara - 1868

Photograph of the ruins at Vijayanagara from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Hampi street, looking towards the Virupaksha Temple, Vijayanagara - 1885

Photograph of a street in Hampi, looking towards the Virupaksha Temple, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, c.1880. Hampi is the site of the ancient city of Vijayanagara. Vijayanagara (city of Victory) the ... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Ruins of Vijayanagara - 1868

Photograph of the ruins at Vijayanagara from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Ruins of Vijayanagara - 1868

Photograph of the ruins at Vijayanagara from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from... Read More
 3 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Studio portrait of a group of Coorg priests - 1860

Portrait of eight priests from the Kodagu District, Karnataka in south-west India, taken by Nicholas and Curths in c.1860s. This was one of a series of ethnographical photographs from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. These were co... Read More
 7 Jan 2016 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Peshwa's Palace in Pune (Poona) - 1860, Maharashtra, by an unknown photographer, from an album of 40 prints taken in the 1860s. In the centre of the old city of Pune, the imposing walls of the Shaniwarwada palace is all that is left of the royal residence of the Peshwas. The pal... Read More
 28 Oct 2015 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the throne on Krishnagiri hill at Gingee in Tamil Nadu from the 'Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1894-95'. Gingee is situated south-west of Madras and was established during the Chola dynasty. The fort at Gingee has been occupied by the Vijayanagara kings, the Na... Read More