'Delhi - Colonnade of Hindoo Pillars at the Kutub, North side', c 1865.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the courtyard and colonnade of pillars of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in India, taken by Samuel Bourne. The building also contains Hindu architectural elements. 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.