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Photograph - Vishnu Pud and Other Temples near the Burning Ghat, Benares (Varanasi)
  • Vishnu Pud and Other Temples near the Burning Ghat, Benares (Varanasi)
    Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912
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Vishnu Pud and Other Temples near the Burning Ghat, Benares (Varanasi)

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (photographed)

  • Date:

    1863-1866 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion negative

  • Museum number:

    4-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 844, box F

Bourne sailed to India in 1863 to document the expanding British Empire. Photographs like this allowed viewers in Britain to observe distant colonised lands. Bourne shows not only the pilgrimage city's temple architecture but also how the surrounding area functioned: in the foreground are the ghats, or flights of steps, which Hindus descend in order to bathe in the sacred Ganges River.

Physical description

Photograph of Indian architecture and temples near a river.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (photographed)

Date

1863-1866 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Dimensions

Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 28 cm, Height: 26.7 cm sheet, Width: 32.9 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph of Indian architecture and temples near a river by Samuel Bourne, made in Varanasi, 1863-1866.

Labels and date

Bourne sailed to India in 1863 to document the expanding British Empire. Photographs like this allowed viewers in Britain to observe distant colonised lands. Bourne shows not only the pilgrimage city's temple architecture but also how the surrounding area functioned: in the foreground are the ghats, or flights of steps, which Hindus descend in order to bathe in the sacred Ganges River. [22/09/2004]

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Buildings; Temples

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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