Still Prints of Asia: The Fort, Agra with Taj in Distance
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912
circa 1860s-1880s
Physical Description:
1 Print

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One albumen print, circa 1860s-1880s, depicting The Fort, Agra with Taj in Distance, India. Signed "Bourne 1221 in the lower left corner of image.

Organized in one flat box.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) had already begun to earn recognition for his work in England, having exhibited at the London International Exhibition of 1862, when he decided to give up his position in a bank and depart for India to work as a professional photographer. He arrived in Calcutta early in 1863, initially setting up a partnership with William Howard. They moved up to Simla, where they established a new studio Howard & Bourne, to be joined in 1864 by Charles Shepherd, to form Howard, Bourne & Shepherd. By 1866, after the departure of Howard, it became Bourne & Shepherd, and within a few years, the firm had become the most successful studio in the subcontinent, with their work widely distributed throughout India and in Britain. Although Bourne only spent 6 years in India, his time there was extremely productive. He undertook three major expeditions in the Himalayas, creating an impressive body of work which combined the highest technical quality and a keen artistic eye, while working under difficult physical conditions. Bourne left India for good in 1870, selling his interest in Bourne & Shepherd shortly thereafter and abandoning commercial photography. He 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
This photograph depicts The Fort, Agra with Taj in Distance.

Custodial History
Purchase, 1999.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.16

Digital Content

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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
India Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agra (India) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Albumen prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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