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Photograph - Oakover, Simla
  • Oakover, Simla
    Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912
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Oakover, Simla

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    India (photographed)

  • Date:

    1863 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion negative

  • Museum number:

    52818

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The British photographer Samuel Bourne arrived in India in January 1863. He travelled from Calcutta and set up his base in the northern hill station of Simla. He wrote about his travels in the British Journal of photography and of his first impressions of Simla he noted:

'I must confess to disappointment on my first view of Simla. A mass of apparently tumble-down native dwellings on the top of a ridge, with bungalows scattered here and there on the sides of a mountain covered partially with fir trees, without a single yard of level cultivated land – such was the appearance of Simla at five miles’ distance, and I naturally began to wonder where I would find the series of views for which I had undertaken this long journey. All the snow had not yet (March 1st) disappeared from the top of Jakko, which is 8000 feet above the sea, and on which the English love of pure air has induced them to build their houses, even to the very summit.

A further acquaintance with Simla has not altogether banished the disappointment it first gave me, yet it is not to be condemned. If has afforded me a considerable number of pictures of a certain class, while as regards the climate, nothing could be finer….'

Bourne, S, A Photographic journey through the Higher Himalayas, The British Journal of Photography, 1 September 1863, Pg 345

Physical description

This photograph is of an European house built on the mountainside in Simla. There are trees and a path on the right hand side and an European man in the foreground.

Place of Origin

India (photographed)

Date

1863 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Marks and inscriptions

Signature and negative number in bottom right hand corner

Dimensions

Height: 23.8 cm photograph, Width: 28.8 cm Photograph, Height: 26.6 cm mount, Width: 33 cm mount

Object history note

This photograph was initially part of the photographic collection held in the National Art Library. The markings on the mount are an indication of the history of the object, its movement through the museum and the way it is categorised.
The mount is white. Bottom Left: Label from Bourne catalogue with some handwritten text.

Descriptive line

Photograph of Simla, India by Samuel Bourne, 1860s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bourne, S, A Photographic journey through the Higher Himalayas, The British Journal of Photography, 1 September 1863, Pg 345

Production Note

This negative was made in 1863. This print was made before March 1867

Techniques

Wet collodion process

Categories

Photographs

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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