'The Tiger Hunt', c 1865.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

'The Tiger Hunt', c 1865.

Bourne, Samuel

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of a group of Europeans in military uniform and Indians in native clothing, taken by Samuel Bourne. The men are gathered outside a tent - a tiger skin is displayed on the left. Some carry guns, others swords and spears. Bourne, a pioneer of travel photography, began his working life as a bank clerk. ln 1863 he went to India where he established a studio in Simla, in partnership with Charles Shepherd. Between 1863 and 1870 he undertook several photographic expeditions, including trips to the Himalayas, producing a collection of landscape views unsurpassed in technical skill and compositional elegance. By 1870 the Bourne and Shepherd catalogue contained 2,000 views from all parts of the subcontinent.



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