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Photograph - Calcutta ships docked on the river Ganges

Calcutta ships docked on the river Ganges

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX3, shelf XM, box 50

Physical description

Albumen print of Calcutta ships docked on the river Ganges.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (made)


mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print


Height: 15.2 cm, Width: 1050 cm

Object history note

This photograph is one of a series (PH.2387 to 2698-1900) received from Sir J.C. Hope

Historical context note

Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) left his job as a bank clerk in Nottingham to become a professional photographer, and in 1863 sailed to India to develop his new career. He remained there for several years to become recognised as one of the most successful British photographers to document the expanding British empire. His photographs were produced primarily for the European market, and provided a glimpse of India as a distant colonised land and its people. Bourne's photographic success was a combination of his impressive photographic skill and ability to present photographs of India that co-incided with the western, Orientalist vision of the exotic East. In 1870 Bourne took up permanent residency in England and withdrew from photography after establishing a cotton-doubling mill. In 1896 after retiring from business he devoted his time to watercolour painting.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Samuel Bourne of ships docked on the Ganges, Calcutta, India, about 1850

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Maritime


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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