No. 85. Amerapoora. Part of Balcony on S. side of [Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan] Kyoung.

Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)

September 1–October 21, 1855
Albumen silver print from waxed paper negative
Image: 26.9 x 34.7 cm (10 9/16 x 13 11/16 in.) Mount: 45.6 x 58.3 cm (17 15/16 x 22 15/16 in.) Mat: 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, and Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2012
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Artist's "BY THEE I DRAW" blindstamp on mount, recto TC; signed by the artist in black ink on print, recto BRC: "L. Tripe"; letterpress in black ink on white paper affixed to mount, recto BC: "No. 85. Amerapoora. Part of Balcony on S. side of Kyoung No. 83 [83 handwritten in black ink] // This is open scroll-work, and very beautiful."; [no inscriptions or annotations on verso]

  • Provenance

    Linnaeus Tripe; presented to Jame Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie and Governor-General of India, by February 21, 1857; by descent through Broun-Ramsay family; (sold Sotheby's London, May 9, 2012, lot 211); [Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Inc., New York]

  • Notes

    The negative for this image is held in the Royal Photographic Society Collection of the National Media Museum (RPS:21701)

    The portfolio from which 2012.323.1–.30 came was unknown at the time of the publication of Dewan's catalogue raisonné (2003).

    The original portfolio wrapper for this group of photographs is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

    Linnaeus Tripe began to photograph in Britain in the early 1850s, while on leave from his post as an officer in the 12th Madras Infantry. Soon after he returned to India in 1854 he was appointed by Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India, as an “Artist in Photography” to accompany a mission to the court of Ava, Burma. In thirty days of actual shooting between August and November 1855, Tripe made well over 200 large format paper negatives, from which 120 were selected to be printed in an edition of fifty. The present group comes from a set presented to Lord Dalhousie by Tripe in February 1857.

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