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Fine 19th Century Photographs of India

9-10 October 2018

The auction explores the development of the revolutionary medium of photography and highlights the beauty with which India was recorded by early masters in the field. This auction brings together 98 lots which feature vintage photographs that illuminate the progression of sociopolitical life on the Indian subcontinent through ethnography, architecture, anthropology, topography and archaeology. The auction covers a wide range of subjects, beginning with the emergence of photography in 1840, and leading up to Indian independence in 1947. The photographs highlight the early history and development of commercial photographic studios and the expansion of official photography under the colonial administration. Prominent photographers in the auction include Lala Deen Dayal, Felice Beato, Samuel Bourne, and John Murray, among others. The auction comprises of photographic albums, single photographs, stereoscopic cards and ambrotype amongst the various photographic techniques.

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