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Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863

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Title: Views of India album
Dates: between 1857 and 1863
Number: 2017.R.35
Extent: 1 Linear Foot (1 album)
Abstract: The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer. Present are views of forts and gateways (Kalinjar; Chunar; Baradar; Bharigarh), palaces, temples (Khajuraho; Bhadaura), ghats, landscapes and waterfalls.
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Language: Collection material is in English.
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
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Los Angeles 90049-1688
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Author: Beth Ann Guynn

Biographical / Historical

Edmund and William Bellairs were the sons of Sir William of Mulbarton, Norfolk (1793-1863), who as a member of the 15th Hussars served in campaigns against Napoleon in Spain, France and at Waterloo. The inscription and gift of this album to the Reverend Edward Cole thus might be related to the death of Sir William. Both sons served in the British army: Edmund Hooke Wilson Bellairs (1823-1898) retired as a captain in 1852 and settled in New Zealand where he was appointed a member of the upper house of the country's first parliament. He later moved to Biarritz, France, where he was Vice-Consul. Major-General William Bellairs (1823-1913) had a distinguished military career, serving in the Crimea, the West Indies, Canada, Gibraltar, and South Africa.


Scope and Content of Collection

The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer. Present are views of forts and gateways (Kalinjar; Chunar; Bharigarh), palaces, temples (Khajuraho; Bhadaura), ghats, landscapes and waterfalls. Locales depicted include places in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh such as Mirzapur, Banda, Chunar, Punnah, and Mussorie. One photograph depicts the Nagoda chief in Durbar, while another shows cotton weighing in Mirzapur. The British presence in the area is evident in a few images such as those showing "Mckinnon's house" and "our garden at Kingscraig," both in Mussoorie; the Rewa survey station at Kalinjir Fort, and the church at Banda.

Two cartes-de-visite are associated with the fly leaf, which bears the dedication: To the Revd. Edward Cole, M.A. / from Edmund & William Bellairs, / in memory of a kind deed. / October, 1863. The carte-de-visite adhered below the dedication portrays a seated man with a young girl standing between his legs, and has a handwritten caption attached to its lower edge that reads: Capt. E. H. Bellairss & Cassandra. The second carte-de-visite, inserted at the page opening, is a portrait of an unidentified man seated at a desk and writing in a book. The photographer's imprint on its verso reads: Mason & Co. / 28, Old Bond Street, London / 9 Promenade Villas, Cheltenham / 20 St. Giles Street, Norwich.

Two notes from different hands and dates are also inserted in the album. The older note, written in pencil on buff laid paper, describes the making of the Banda & Kirnie (?) prize money. The second, written in ink on blue paper lists the accomplishments of Professor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, the winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The album was bound in diced calf gilt by J. R. Brooks of London (blind stamp on front paste-down), with gilt spine and edges and a brass catch and clasp on the foredge. The front cover bears the gilt monogram E. C. C.

Eighteen of the photographs are numbered in the negative, 13 of which have the monogram: WM. One photograph displays the monogram, but no number. Due to the placement of the numbers and monograms near the bottom edge of the image it seems likely that in other cases monograms and numbers have been cropped from the prints.

English captions are pencilled on the mounts.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series:
Series I. Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863.


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

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Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Bellairs, Edmund Hooke Wilson, 1823-1898

Subjects - Topics

Fortification -- India
Ghats (Architecture) -- India
Temples -- India
Waterfalls -- India

Subjects - Places

India -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints -- India -- 19th century
Cartes-de-visite -- Great Britain -- 19th century
Photograph albums -- India -- 19th century
Photographs, Original

Related Material

Digitized material

Digitized by the repository in 2018. The images are available online:

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2017r35


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.R.35.

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2017r35

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 2017.

Processing Information

This finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2018.


Container List

Views of India album, between 1857 and 1863 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Views of India album (digitized version)

The album contains 54 views of central and northern India that appear to have been taken by a skilled amateur photographer.
Arrangement
In original order.
box item
1 front cover 2017.R.35-fc Front cover
1 front endpapers 2017.R.35-fe Front endpapers
1 front free endpaper verso 2017.R.35-fev Verso of front free endpaper
1 fly leaf - recto 2017.R.35-f Fly-leaf
Dedication on flyleaf: To the Revd. Edward Cole, M.A. / from Edmund & William Bellairs, / in memory of a kind deed. / October, 1863. Two cartes-de-visite are associated with the fly leaf. The carte-de-visite adhered below the dedication portrays a seated man with a young girl standing between his legs, and has a handwritten caption attached to its lower edge which reads: Capt. E. H. Bellows & Cassandra. The second carte-de-viste, inserted at the page opening, is a portrait of an unidentified man seated at a desk and writing in a book. The photographer's imprint on its verso reads: Mason & Co. / 28, Old Bond Street, London / 9 Promenade Villas, Cheltenham / 20 St. Giles Street, Norwich.
1 1st blank page 2017.R.35-bl1 Blank page
1 2nd blank page 2017.R.35-bl2 Blank page
1 1 recto 2017.R.35-1r Chachai Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.
1 2 recto 2017.R.35-2r Poowah Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.
1 3 recto 2017.R.35-3r Kajrāhā Temples, Chutterpore State, C.I.
Khajuraho, Chhatapur district.
1 4 recto 2017.R.35-4r Bhadaura Temples, Churkhance State, C.I.
1 5 recto 2017.R.35-5r Chunar Fort, Mirzapore Dist.
Chunar Fort, also known as Chandrakanta Chunarghar or Charanadri, Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh.
1 6 recto 2017.R.35-6r Gatēhri, Chutterpore, C.I.
1 7 recto 2017.R.35-7r Gateway of Nawab's Palace, Banda
1 8 recto 2017.R.35-8r The Baradari, Seonda Fort nr. Banda
Datia era fort near Seondha, Madhya Pradesh.
1 9 recto 2017.R.35-9r The Nagode Chief in Durbar
1 10 recto 2017.R.35-10r Head of the Keontee Waterfall, Rewah, C.I.
Keoti Falls, Rewa district, Uttar Pradesh.
1 11 recto 2017.R.35-11r The Mohani Temple & Street, Mirzapore
Mohini temple, Mirzapur. Numbered in negative: 23; with monogram: WM.
1 12 recto 2017.R.35-12r The Naiabakri Ke Hareli, Kalinjir Fort
1 13 recto 2017.R.35-13r Gateway of the Doorgah, Chunar
Gate to Shah Qasim Sulaiman's tomb. Numbered in negative: 6; with monogram: WM.
1 14 recto 2017.R.35-14r Bamboos near Sohawul, C.I.
Numbers in negative are cropped off: 15?
1 15 recto 2017.R.35-15r Kotwali Well, Mirzapore
Numbered in negative: 20; with monogram: WM.
1 16 recto 2017.R.35-16r Luchminaram's Ghat, Mirzapore
Pakka Ghat.
1 17 recto 2017.R.35-17r Niagwrhi Falls, Rewah, C.I.
Annotation on mount: 360 ft.
1 18 recto 2017.R.35-18r Kot Tirth Tank, Kalinjar Fort
1 19 recto 2017.R.35-19r Below the Chachai Falls, Rewah, C.I.
1 20 recto 2017.R.35-20r Gopal Sagar, Kalinjar Village
1 21 recto 2017.R.35-21r Bharigarh, Old Fort Gateway
Bhanghar? Annotation on mount: A.D. 200. Numbered in negative: 99.
1 22 recto 2017.R.35-22r The Mohani Temple &c. at Mirzapore
Mohini temple. Monogram in negative: WM.
1 23 recto 2017.R.35-23r Doorova Ghat, Nagode & Banda Road
1 24 recto 2017.R.35-24r Causeway over the Beylun River, Great Deccan Road
1 25 recto 2017.R.35-25r Beylun River Causeway
1 26 recto 2017.R.35-26r Part of the Old College, Seonda Fort nr. Banda
1 27 recto 2017.R.35-27r Bhadaura Temples
1 28 recto 2017.R.35-28r Madhogurh Fort, Rewah, C.I.
Madhogarh Fort, Rewah. Numbered in negative: 62; with monogram: WM. Components of the fort complex are also noted in annotations on the mount.
1 29 recto 2017.R.35-29r Sohawul Fort, C.I.
Numbered in negative: 44; with monogram: WM.
1 30 recto 2017.R.35-30r Bharighar, the New Town
Bhanghar?
1 31 recto 2017.R.35-31r Baba Manda Ke Mandil, Banda
Numbered in negative: 86; with monogram: WM.
1 32 recto 2017.R.35-32r Interior of Madhogurh Fort, Rewah, C.I.
1 33 recto 2017.R.35-33r Kajrāhā Temples, Chutterpore, C.I.
Numbered in negative: 115; with monogram: WM.
1 34 recto 2017.R.35-34r Patarkechar Fort, C.I.
Numbered in negative: 143; with monogram: WM.
1 35 recto 2017.R.35-35r Rewah Survey, Secondary Station at Kalinjir Fort
1 36 recto 2017.R.35-36r Holy Place in Baba Manda Ke Mandil, Banda
1 37 recto 2017.R.35-37r Temples at the Bharia Ghat, Mirzapore
Burrier (Bariya) Ghat, Mirzapur. Numbered in negative: 14; with monogram: WM.
1 38 recto 2017.R.35-38r Katehra, Chutterpore, C.I.
1 39 recto 2017.R.35-39r Punnah Rajah's Palace, at Punnah, C.I.
1 40 recto 2017.R.35-40r Burgut Tree at Bharighar
Annotation continues: Tank built A.D. 1062. Numbered in negative: 97; with monogram: WM.
1 41 recto 2017.R.35-41r Mackinnon's House, the Old Brewery, Mussoorie, N.W.P.
1 42 recto 2017.R.35-42r Old Walls at Bharighar
Annotation continues: Built about A.D. 200.
1 43 recto 2017.R.35-43r Our Garden at Kingscraig, Mussorie [sic]
Annotation in left margin: W. H. L. & / W. G. M. / made here / F. E.
1 44 recto 2017.R.35-44r Pau Gardens at Raipoor, Rewah, C.I.
1 45 recto 2017.R.35-45r Gooraia, on the River Touse, Rewah
Faint annotation on mount in a second hand: Scene on the douse at Gooraia Mewahli. Numbered in negative: 20 (?, cutoff); with monogram: MW.
1 46 recto 2017.R.35-46r Banda Church
Numbered in negative: 80.
1 47 recto 2017.R.35-47r Weighing Cotton at the Nahr Ghat, Mirzapore
Numbered in negative: 18; with monogram: WM.
1 48 recto 2017.R.35-48r Kajraha Temple
Numbered in negative: 111; with monogram WM.
1 49 recto 2017.R.35-49r Kumhow Talao, Kalinjir Fort
Faint annotation on mount in a second hand: Kumbow, Salow, Kalinjr.
1 50 recto 2017.R.35-50r Looking Down Stream from the Chachai Falls, Rewah, C.I.
Numbered in negative: 66.
1 51 recto 2017.R.35-52r Kalinjir Fort from the Distance
1 52 recto 2017.R.35-52r Poorwa Waterfalls, Rewah, C.I.
Purwa Falls, Rewa.
1 53 recto 2017.R.35-53r Stone Idols
Annotations below the statues read, from left to right: The Buh?; Vishnu; Krishnu; Hanooman; Mahadeo; Gunesh.
1 54 recto 2017.R.35-54r Kirwee, Palace & Fort
1 55 recto - 90 recto 2017.R.35-55r_90r Blank pages
1 back endpapers 2017.R.35-be Back endpapers
1 back cover 2017.R.35-bc Back cover
1 1 Notes
Two notes from different hands and dates are also inserted in the album at the first blank page. The older note, written in pencil on buff laid paper, describes the making of the Banda & Kirnie(?) prize money. The second, written in ink on blue paper lists the accomplishments of Professor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, the winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.