'Delhi - Mausoleum Of Safdarjung', c 1865.

Bourne, Samuel

'Delhi - Mausoleum Of Safdarjung', c 1865.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


A photograph of the Mausoleum of Safdarjung in Delhi, India, taken by Samuel Bourne. Shuja-ud-daulah (1754-1795), built this mausoleum in memory of his father who was commonly known as Safdarjung (1739-54). It stands in the centre of extensive gardens and was the last Mughal monument to be built in Delhi. 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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