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Still Prints of Asia: Street view in Bhoondi, ca. 1900

Collection ID:
Bourne and Shepherd
Bourne and Shepherd
Physical Description:
1 Print
37 x 61 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One carbon print, circa late 19th or early 20th century, with title, photographers' credit and reference number 2292 in the negative, appearing on the print in white on the lower left and right corners. Depicts a street scene in Bhoondi (probably Bundi), with hills in the background and Indian architecture and people in the foreground.

One flat box.

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
Bundi is a district in the state of Rajasthan in northwest India; during the era of British rule, Bundi was a princely state.

Custodial History
Purchased, 1999.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.31


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