Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Catherine Glynn Benkaim Collection

Collection ID:
Benkaim, Catherine Glynn
Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912
Murray, Colin Roderick, 1840-1884
Johnson, William
Henderson, William
Bourne and Shepherd
circa 1850-1880
Physical Description:
7 Albumen prints
black and white

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Seven 19th-century albumen photographs taken by Samuel Bourne, Colin Murray and unknown photographers (possibly William Johnson and William Henderson). The photographs depict various scenes and people of India, including a portrait of a hunting party in Nepal, images of the Queen Victoria Monument in Bombay and views of Dal Lake, Calcutta and Kutb Minar.

Organized in one box.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Catherine Glynn Benkaim is a trustee of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a master's degree in Asian art history from U.C.L.A,. as well as a doctorate in Indian art history from the University of Southern California.
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Bourne's photographic career in India, which spanned only seven years before his departure in 1870, began with his arrival in Calcutta in 1863. In Simla, he formed a partnership with two established photographers, Howard (likely William Howard) and Charles Shepherd. Howard soon left, and within a few years, Bourne & Shepherd had become the most successful firm in the subcontinent, opening additional studios in Calcutta (1867) and Bombay (1870). Colin Murray (d. 1884) became the main photographer of Bourne & Shepherd in 1870.
Biographical / Historical
William Johnson had a daguerrotype studio in Bombay circa 1852-1854 and a photographic studio circa 1854-1860. In partnership with William Henderson, Johnson produced the "Indian Amateur's Photographic Album" (1856-1858).

Custodial History
Gift of Catherine Glynn Benkaim, 2006.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A2006.02

Digital Content

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.

More Information

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