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The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Extent:
8 Items
Culture:
Bhotia (Sherpa)  Search this
Dom (South Asian people)  Search this
Gond (Indic people)  Search this
Gujaratis (Indic people)  Search this
Kachari (Indic people)  Search this
Kota (Indic people)  Search this
Lepcha  Search this
Mishmi (Indic people)  Search this
Munda (Indic people)  Search this
Naga (Indonesian people)  Search this
Korwa (Indic people)  Search this
Rajput (Indic people)  Search this
Savara (Indic people)  Search this
Thakuri (Indic people)  Search this
Tharu  Search this
Toda (Indic people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
India
Afghanistan
Burma
Pakistan
Iran
Assam (India)
Cachar (India)
Chittagong (Bangladesh)
Delhi (India)
Hazara District (Pakistan)
Hisar (India)
Kohat District (Pakistan)
Lahore (India)
Madras (India)
Mysore (India)
Palamu (India)
Shahabad (India : District)
Shahjahanpur (India)
Sikkim (India)
Sind (India)
Date:
1868
London, C. Whiting Beaufort House, Strand, 1868-1875
Scope and Contents:
Photographers represented include J.C.A. Dannenberg, R.H. DeMontmorency, E. Godfrey, W.W. Hooper, H.C. McDonald, J. Mulheran, G. Richter, Shepherd & Robertson (later as Bourne & Shepherd), B. Simpson, B.W. Switzer, H.C.B. Tanner, C.C. Taylor, and J. Waterhouse.
Taken in the 1850s and 1860s, these photographs portray the people of many castes, culture groups, and occupations in India, posed individually and in groups. Indian culture groups portrayed include Bhogta, Bhoti, Chero, Dombo, Gond, Gujarati, Ho, Kachari, Kishangarh, Kota, Lepcha, Mishmi, Munda, Naga, Pahari, Paithan, Rajput, Saora, Singpho, Thakur, Tharu, and Toda. Peoples portrayed are from parts of India and surrounding areas, now in Afghanistan, Burma, Iran and Pakistan, such as Assam, Bareli, Behat, Cachar, Chittagong, Delhi, Hazara, Hisar, Kohat, Lahore, Madras, Munjpur, Mysore, Palamau, Shahabad, Shahjahanpur, Sikkim, and Sind.
Occupations illustrated include barbers, blacksmiths, carpenters, charcoal carriers, farmers, fish vendors, horse dealers, interpreters, landlords, mendicants, merchants, officials, priests, warriors, and water carriers. Activities shown include dancing and knitting. Artifacts and material culture documented include books, buildings, devotional objects, tools, and weapons such as bows, clubs, shields, guns and spears.
Arrangement:
The collection is composed of 8 bound volumes with 470 albumen photoprints mounted alongside text. Photographs are arranged by region, with culture group and region, some also with name and occupation of subjects.
Biographical / Historical:
John Forbes Watson and John William Kaye assembled this ethnologic study collection from photographs made by British photographers in India. The collection documents the caste and culture groups of India for a British India Office multi-volume publication. A graduate of Aberdeen University in England, John Forbes Watson (1827-1892) served as an assistant surgeon in the Bombay Medical Services from 1850 to 1853. While in India, Watson began to research Indian agricultural resources. In 1858, he became reporter on the products of India for the India Office in England. A year later, he became director of the India Office's India Museum, devoted to promoting trade in the British Empire. While there, he published several monographs on Indian plants and textiles. In 1867, he was appointed keeper of the museum, and served in that capacity until he retired in 1879.
John William Kaye (1814-1876) was secretary of the India Office's Political and Secret Department.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.03
Provenance:
Purchase 1990 A1990.3
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.03
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The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1990-03
Online Media:

Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia

Collector:
Koch, Emma Augusta, 1847-1932  Search this
Names:
Bourne & Shepherd  Search this
Scowen & Co.  Search this
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912  Search this
Shepherd, Charles  Search this
Extent:
165 mounted prints (circa 165 mounted prints, albumen)
Culture:
Pushtuns  Search this
East Indians  Search this
Burmese  Search this
Andamanese (Indic people)  Search this
Assamese  Search this
Fakirs  Search this
Pakistanis  Search this
Sinhalese (Sri Lankan people)  Search this
Kashmiri (South Asian people)  Search this
Bengali (South Asian people)  Search this
Tibetans  Search this
Nepalese  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Photographs
Place:
Australia
India
Afghanistan
Assam (India)
Bengal (India)
Rajasthan (India)
Tibet (China)
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Burma
Andaman Islands (India)
Jammu and Kashmir (India)
Date:
circa 1862-1885
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs collected by Emma A. Koch documenting the people and natural and built environments of India, South Asia, and Australia. The collection largely consists of images of East Indian peoples, structures, scenery, and activities, including tea making and entertainment; areas of India most commonly depicted are Assam, Bengal, and the Andaman Islands. Additional photographs portray people, architecture, and scenery in Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, and Australia. Most of the photographs were likely taken by Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd (Bourne & Shepherd), with some made by Scowen & Co., Shepherd & Robertson, Benjamin F. Simpson, Reynolds, and Ganey.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 161, USNM ACC 40922
Location of Other Archival Materials:
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 79-38.
Photographs in the Koch Collection (accession 40922), previously filed in Photo Lot 97 and Photo Lot 8, have been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 161. These photographs were also collected and donated by Koch in 1903 and form part of this collection.
Additional photograhs by Bourne & Shepherd can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 82-44, Photo Lot 91-27, and Photo Lot 97.
Additional photographs by Shepherd & Robertson can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 8.
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives hold additional photographs by Benjamin Simpson, Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd, Scowen & Co., and Shepherd & Robertson.
Material found in Gus Van Beek's office can also be found in the National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 79-34.
Koch also donated an album of dried flowers to the Department of Anthropology as part of accession 40922.
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia, circa 1862-1885
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Architecture -- India  Search this
Tea trade  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 161, Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.161
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-161

South Asia Photography Collection

Photographer:
Burke, John, d. 1900  Search this
Creator:
Scowen & Co.  Search this
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Extent:
8 Prints (albumen, images 24 x 29 cm. or smaller.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Albumen prints
Photographs
Place:
Kandy (Sri Lanka)
Khyber Pass (Afghanistan and Pakistan)
Khyber (Pakistan)
Sikandra Rao (India)
Date:
19th century
Scope and Contents:
Taken in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, these photographs portray the people, architecture and landscape of Sri Lanka, India and what is now the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area. The collection consists of 8 photographic prints: 1. Natives of Rajputana, signed "Shepherd & Robertson Photo 1120" in black ink in the lower left corner; 2, Native Soldiers in Armour, unsigned; 3. Kandyan Chiefs and Government Agent, signed "Scowen & Co." in white ink in the lower left corner; 4. Taj Mahal, unsigned; 5. Mausoleum of the Great Akbar at the Secundra, unsigned; 6. Ali Musjid and Surroundings from Rotass, Looking Down on Fort, Showing Ascent with River, signed "Burke 28" in white ink in the lower left corner; 7. A Khyber Village, signed " Burke 32" in black ink and in white ink in the lower left corner; 8. Rifle Practice, signed "Burke 285" in black ink in the lower left corner.
Arrangement:
Eight large file folders arranged in one box.
Biographical / Historical:
John Burke (1843-1900) was an Irishman who came to India as an apothecary with the Royal Engineers. A few years later, he became the assistant of the photographer William Baker. At the start of the Second Anglo-Afghan War, Burke tried to go as an official photographer with the British Army, but his request was refused. He decided to travel with the Army at his own expense, financing his trip by selling photographs depicting the life of British soldiers and native people of India. It was in this context that Burke took some of the earliest photographs of Afghanistan.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1992.07
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Rajput (Indic people)  Search this
Akbar, -- Emperor of Hindustan, -- 1542-1605 -- Tomb.  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Forts  Search this
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Albumen prints
Photographs
Identifier:
FSA.A1992.07
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1992-07
Online Media:

Man weighing goods on scale at shop 1862

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Collector:
Koch, Emma Augusta 1847-1932  Search this
Physical description:
1 albumen print 009 in x 008 in mounted on 009 in x 009 in
Culture:
East Indians  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
1862
Local number:
NAA INV 04560200
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia circa 1862-1885
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_58594

Group of Sansis, including two women, one with infant, and man near woven mat fence, undated

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Collector:
Koch, Emma Augusta 1847-1932  Search this
Physical description:
1 albumen print 007 in x 009 in mounted on 007 in x 010 in
Culture:
East Indians  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Delhi (India)
Date:
undated
Local number:
NAA INV 04560300
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia circa 1862-1885
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_58595

Two snake charmers playing to cobras, undated

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Collector:
Koch, Emma Augusta 1847-1932  Search this
Physical description:
1 albumen print 009 in x 008 in mounted on 010 in x 009 in
Culture:
East Indians  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Delhi (India)
Date:
undated
Local number:
NAA INV 04560400
OPPS NEG 79-146882
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia circa 1862-1885
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_58596

Four Rajput men with swords, gun, and shield, undated

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Collector:
Koch, Emma Augusta 1847-1932  Search this
Physical description:
1 albumen print 010 in x 008 in mounted on 010 in x 008 in
Culture:
East Indians  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Rajasthan (India)
Date:
undated
Local number:
NAA INV 04603200
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia circa 1862-1885
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_59040

Two Men, Oodasees, in Costume n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 008 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07265800
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45573

Two Snake Charmers in Costume with Cobras n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 008 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07265900
OPPS NEG 79-14682
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45574

Four Policemen in Costume with Two Male Prisoners n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266000
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45575

Three Men, Khanzadahs? in Costume and with Hookah n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266100
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45576

Four Men, Bheestees (Bhistis) or Water Carriers, in Costume And with Water Bags n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266200
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45577

Four Men, Jats, in Costume and with Hookah n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 008 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266300
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45578

Man, Shraff or Money Dealer, in Costume with Another Man n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 006 in x 008 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266400
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45579

Group, Nats (Entertainers, Jugglers, Etc), in Costume n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266500
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45580

Man, Gold Lacemaker, in Costume and with Loom? n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 008 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266600
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45581

Men and Woman in Costume Weaving and Spinning n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 008 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266700
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45582

Four Men, Cloth Dyers, at Work n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266800
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45583

Two Muslim Men Playing Chess as Three Others Look On n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07266900
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Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45584

Four Men, Baories, in Costume and with Netting n.d

Creator:
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 008 in x 014 in
Type:
Photographs
Place:
India
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 07267000
See more items in:
Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_45585

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