Still Prints of Asia: The Delhi Durbar
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Collection ID:
Bourne and Shepherd
circa 1903
Physical Description:
5 Prints
albumen, unmounted
images 24 x 28 cm. or smaller.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Five albumen prints from the studio of Bourne and Shepherd, circa 1903. Each blind stamped "Bourne & Shepherd" in the lower right corner. One print has the inscription "The Delhi Durbar, which took place at Delhi, India. In honor of the crowning of King Edward." written across the top in black ink.

One oversized folder.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd were British photographers active in India in the mid-to-late 19th century. Bourne's career began with his arrival in Calcutta in 1863. In Simla, he formed a partnership with two established photographers, Shepherd and Howard (likely William Howard). Howard soon left, and within a few years, Bourne & Shepherd had become the most successful firm in the subcontinent, with their work widely distributed throughout India and in Britain. Two additional studios were opened in Calcutta (1867) and Bombay (1870). Bourne departed in 1870 and was replaced as principal photographer by Colin Murray. Shepherd returned to England in 1879. The firm changed ownership numerous times in the early 20th century and currently operates under the same name in Calcutta -- perhaps the oldest photographic studio still in operation.
Biographical / Historical
"Durbar" is a Moghul term which came to be applied to the great ceremonial gatherings held in Delhi and other locations during the time of the British Empire, usually for the purpose of showing loyalty to the crown. The Delhi Durbar, translated as "Court of Delhi," refers to three such gatherings held at Coronation Park, Delhi , in 1877, 1903 and 1911, to celebrate the coronation of a new King and Queen of the United Kingdom. Organized by Lord Curzon, the Delhi Durbar of 1903 was by all accounts a truly dazzling two-week spectacle of pomp and pageantry, commemorating the ascension of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.04


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

Custodial History
Custodial History
Purchase, 1998.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
India -- Social life and customs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Delhi -- Delhi Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durbar (Delhi, India) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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