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)
Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, and Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2012
Not on view
Fierce horse-headed ogres support the balcony wall of this monastery building, with small seated devas, or minor deities, within the gilded floral ornament. This elaborately carved wooden balcony, part of a complex of monastic buildings created during the reigns of Tharawadi (1837–46) and Pagan (1846–52), is considered the zenith of Burmese wood carving. Portions of the monastery were destroyed after the capture of Mandalay in 1885. This building survived until 1945.
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]
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]
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860," September 21, 2014–January 4, 2015.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860," February 18, 2015–May 25, 2015.
Victoria and Albert Museum. "Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860," June 23, 2015–October 11, 2015.
Dewan, Janet. The Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe: A Catalogue Raisonné. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2003. pp. 205-312.
Cat. no. 25 in Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860.
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.