Willoughby Wallace Hooper Photograph of Grasscutters in India
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Hooper, Willoughby Wallace, 1837-1912
circa 1870-1904
Physical Description:
1 Print
image 19 x 31 cm., mounted 40 x 51 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one item: Albumen print by Col. Willoughby Wallace Hooper, depicting a family of grass cutters in Indian, circa 1870s.

Oversized file folder in one flat box.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Hooper was an English army officer who spent over 40 years in India. Early in his career, he became known for being an avid and accomplished amateur photographer. As a result, in 1862 Hooper was transferred to the 4th Cavalry where he worked almost exclusively on acquiring portraits of the people of Central India. These portraits were undertaken as part of the India Office's efforts to assemble a vast database of visual information and descriptive texts on the complex society of colonial India. This database would eventually be published as a monumental eight-volume catalog entitled "The People of India: a Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan." Hooper was also known for his photographs of the Madras Famine of 1876-1878 and the Third Burmese War.

Custodial History
Purchase, 1998.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1998.04


Digital Content

Using the Collection
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Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.

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Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013