Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Indian Pattern

These are three of a large collection of albumen-print photos of India from about 1880, that I've recently acquired. Regular readers will know I have something of an obsession with pattern, and at the moment I can't stop gazing at the painted patterns on this Indian architecture, inside and outside: and who thought that hanging wallpaper was complicated enough? Click to enlarge for maximum detail.


Bookish Matthew said...

The first image is the interior of the Diwan-i-Khas in the Fort at Agra. The other two I'm not sure; I should know the last, but alas...

Interestingly, the last has a photographer's negative number below the left hand side of the arch (130? 180?). Not the style of any photographer I recognize, though. Sort of could be Deen Dayal, but his numbers are mostly 4-figure or 5-figure.


Callum said...

Matthew, thank you so much for taking an interest in these. They came to me, along with a large number of others all extremely tightly rolled. Normally I would use a heat press to relax and flatten them but these just didn't want to know. As a result I have resorted to backing them with Ph-neutral tissue paper which has just enough extra weight to keep them more or less solid.

You may see more of them on this blog in days to come.

Way impressive that you can identify even one completely anonymous photo like that! Wow! and thanks...

Bookish Matthew said...


Ah yes, the perils of unmounted albumen prints! Having window-mounts made obviously would keep them flat but involves some expense. Sounds like the tissue is just as good an idea.

In the course of my work I've catalogued thousands of 19th century Indian photographs, so it's no so impressive! But still a good party trick!


Callum said...

In this instance, no window mount was ever going to help. I think these have been soaked from album pages and as a result have rolled up tighter then a cigar.
I've now discovered that the bottom image is the city gate at Jaipur.

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