Still Prints of Asia: View of a Temple Complex, India, circa 1860s-1870s
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Collection ID:
Frith, Francis
Physical Description:
1 Print
image 16 x 21 cm., mounted 26 x 37 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One albumen print, circa 1860s-1870s, of a view of a temple complex in India. A black ink inscription in the lower left corner reads "Trickaleecoondrum", probably Tirukalikundram, Tamil Nadu. Blindstamped "Frith's Series"

One flat box.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Francis Frith (1822-1898) was one of the pre-eminent travel photographers of his day, contributing greatly to the popularization of travel photography. He also founded Frith & Co., a specialty printing and publishing firm largely devoted to travel photography in a variety of formats, including souvenir postcards and individual prints of scenic views. By employing a team of photographers to supply images for his inventory and purchasing the rights to interesting photos from other photographers and publishing them under the studio's name, Frith soon amassed the largest collection of its kind, with a catalog than ran to almost 700 pages. Upon their father's retirement from the firm, Frith's sons continued to operate Frith & Co. until World War I, when it was sold outside the family. Today a large part of Frith & Co.'s collection is held in private hands, while a significant number of glass negatives are housed at the Birmingham City Library

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.05


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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
Purchased, 1999.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Temples Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamil Nadu Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tirukalikundram Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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