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The Damekh stupa at Sarnath

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Benares (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 47

Physical description

Albument print. Detail of scrolling floral design upon Buddhist stupa at Benares.

Place of Origin

Benares (made)


mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print


Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

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 architectural detail on the Damekh stupa at Sarnath, near Varanasi, India, about 1850

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Bricks; Architecture; Reliefs


Photographs; Architecture; Religion; Buddhism; Topography


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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