'The Palace of Light, Husainabad, Lucknow', c 1865.
3 7 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 29cm

'The Palace of Light, Husainabad, Lucknow', c 1865.

Bourne, Samuel

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of the Chota, or small, Imambara (the tomb of a Shi'ite Muslim holy man) in Lucknow, India, taken by Samuel Bourne. Built by Mohammad Ali Shah in 1837 as a mausoleum for himself, the temple is set inside a beautiful garden. The central dome has a crescent moon and star symbol at the very top of it - the symbol of Islam. 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.



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