'The Lieutenant Governor of the Punjaub Camel Carriages', c 1865.

Bourne, Samuel

'The Lieutenant Governor of the Punjaub Camel Carriages', c 1865.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


A photograph of a British colonial administrator and his camel carriages in the Punjab, India, taken by Samuel Bourne. The lieutenant, dressed in his uniform with white sola topee, sits in his carriage, surrounded by drivers and attendants. 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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