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Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 61/1

Views in Burma taken during the Mission to Ava.

Photographers: Linnaeus Tripe
Contents: 120 prints Mainly 255x345mm Albumen prints from waxed calotype negatives
Notes: See also Photo 61/2-3 for duplicate sets of this series.
Description: Portfolio containing prints mounted on light card measuring 455x588mm, each mount blind embossed with Tripe's monogram of a sun in splendour, and the initials 'L.T.' entwined with the motto 'By thee I draw'. The prints are enclosed in a specially made dark blue portfolio, on the inside of which are pasted three printed plans drawn by Henry Yule of the temples of Ananda, Thapinyu and the Gauda-Palen, together with the following text:
'The accompanying views, taken by the undersigned when attached to the Embassy to Amerapoora in 1855, in justice to him as a photographer employed by the Government of India, should not be looked upon as a challenge to photographic criticism; but as a series of views of subjects interesting on account of their novelty; many having been retained solely on that account when they would certainly have been otherwise discarded. As excuses, too, for these defective photographs he would wish it known, that he was working against time; and frequently with no opportunity of replacing poor proofs by better. Also that, from unfavourable weather, sickness, and the circumstances unavoidably attending such a mission, his actual working time was narrowed to thirty six days. If criticism be provoked, it is trusted that her chiding will be mild. [Signed] L. Tripe Bangalore 20th Feby/57.'

With the ending of the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 and the annexation of Pegu, the East India Company instructed the Governor-General Lord Dalhousie to persuade King Mindon Min to sign a treaty formally acknowledging the extension of British rule over the province. An abortive embassy sent to Calcutta by the King in late 1854 to negotiate the return of Pegu yielded no concrete results, and in the following year Dalhousie (with no great hope of success), despatched a British mission to attempt to negotiate a settlement. This was headed by Arthur Phayre, with Henry Yule (Under-Secretary of the Public Works Department) as Secretary. In addition to their diplomatic duties, part of the mission's instructions was to obtain accurate information about the country, culture and people of a land little-known to Europeans, and to this end Colesworthy Grant was sent as artist and Linnaeus Tripe as photographer to the mission. Tripe took some 200 architectural and topographical photographs during his time in Burma and notwithstanding the above disclaimer, many are of a very high photographic standard in addition to their documentary importance as among the earliest surviving photographs of several parts of Burma. The portfolio covers the following geographical locations:

Prints 1-5 Prome.
Print 6 Thayetmyo.
Prints 7-11 Yenangyaung.
Print 12 Tantabeng (village north of Yenangyaung).
Prints 13-25 Pagan.
Prints 26-36 Sagain.
Print 37 Ava.
Prints 38-95 Amarapura.
Prints 96-99 Mingun.
Prints 100-120 Rangoon.

On his return to India fifty sets of the 120 prints were made between 1856-57, with an additional 500 prints for public sale. Of the former, four sets are held in the India Office Collections. In addition to Photo 61/1 (the brightest set, in very fine overall condition), Photo 61/2 and 61/3 are also in portfolio form; the fourth set is pasted into the Archaeological Remains and Antiquities series (Photo 1000/34, prints 3450-3569).

For a detailed account of the mission, see Henry Yule, 'A Narrative of the Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' (London, 1858, reissued with introduction by Hugh Tinker, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1968); for Tripe's photographic career, see Janet Dewan and Maia-Mari Sutnik, 'Linnaeus Tripe, Photographer of British India 1854-1870' (Toronto, Canada, 1986).

Album contents:-
Photo 61/1(1) No. 1. Prome. General View. 
Photo 61/1(2) No. 2. Prome. North entrance to the Shwe San-dau Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(3) No. 3. Prome. West Entrance to the Shwe San-dau Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(4) No. 4. Prome. A small Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(5) No. 5. Prome. A small Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(6) No. 6. Thayet Myo. Pagoda on the S. of Cantonment. 
Photo 61/1(7) No. 7. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Pagoda and Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(8) No. 8. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(9) No. 9. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Balcony of a Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(10) No. 10. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Tamarind tree. 
Photo 61/1(11) No. 11. Ye-nan-gyoung [Yenangyaung]. Chatty Manufactory. 
Photo 61/1(12) No. 12. Tantabeng. Group of Pagodas. 
Photo 61/1(13) No. 13. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Sheen-byeen-baudi Pagoda [Mahabodhi Pagoda]. 
Photo 61/1(14) No. 14. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Shwe-Koo Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(15) No. 15. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Thapinyu Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(16) No. 16. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Pato-budho-nya Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(17) No. 17. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Gauda-palen Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(18) No. 18. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Distant view of Gauda-palen. 
Photo 61/1(19) No. 19. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Ananda Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(20) No. 20. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Kyoung near the Ananda Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(21) No. 21. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. East facade of Damayangyee Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(22) No. 22. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Flat Arch in Damayangyee Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(23) No. 23. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Figures in Damayangyee Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(24) No. 24. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Entrance to the Shwe Zeegong Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(25) No. 25. Pugahm Myo [Pagan]. Carved doorway. 
Photo 61/1(26) No. 26. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. A small Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(27) No. 27. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Pagoda in ruins. 
Photo 61/1(28) No. 28. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Tazoung. 
Photo 61/1(29) No. 29. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. A roadway. 
Photo 61/1(30) No. 30. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Ruined Tazoung. 
Photo 61/1(31) No. 31. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Litters under a shed. 
Photo 61/1(32) No. 32. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Doorway of a small Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(33) No. 33. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Zayat. 
Photo 61/1(34) No. 34. Tsagain Myo. View near the River. 
Photo 61/1(35) No. 35. Tsaing Myo [Sagain]. Kowa-doung Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(36) No. 36. Tsagain Myo [Sagain]. Water Pots. 
Photo 61/1(37) No. 37. Ava. Tower of the Palace. 
Photo 61/1(38) No. 38. Amerapoora. Portico of the Residency. 
Photo 61/1(39) No. 39. Amerapoora. West Gate of the Residency Enclosure. 
Photo 61/1(40) No. 40. Amerapoora. Barracks of the Burmese Guard. 
Photo 61/1(41) No. 41. Amerapoora. East Door of the Maha-thugea-yan-tee Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(42) No. 42. Amerapoora. Mygabhoodee-tee Kyoung from E. 
Photo 61/1(43) No. 43. Amerapoora. Corner of Mygabhoodee Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(44) No. 44. Amerapoora. View at N. end of the Wooden Bridge. 
Photo 61/1(45) No. 45. Amerapoora. Wooden Bridge. 
Photo 61/1(46) No. 46. Amerapoora. Colossal Statue of Gautama close to the N. end of the bridge. 
Photo 61/1(47) No. 47. Amerapoora. Gateway behind the Statue. 
Photo 61/1(48) No. 48. Amerapoora. View amongst the Pagodas near the Statue [of Gautama]. 
Photo 61/1(49) No. 49. Amerapoora. Mhoo-daughee Pagoda [Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, Sagain]. 
Photo 61/1(50) No. 50. Amerapoora. Thamboukday Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(51) No. 51. Amerapoora. Sekia Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(52) No. 52. Amerapoora. Mosque. 
Photo 61/1(53) No. 53. Amerapoora. Nagayoung Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(54) No. 54. Amerapoora. Bodan Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(55) No. 55. Amerapoora. Toung-lay-tiy Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(56) No. 56. Amerapoora. View on the Lake. 
Photo 61/1(57) No. 57. Amerapoora. Street in the Suburbs. 
Photo 61/1(58) No. 58. Amerapoora. S.E. Corner of the City Wall. 
Photo 61/1(59) No. 59. Amerapoora. S. Ditch of the City Wall. 
Photo 61/1(60) No. 60. Amerapoora. Gateway of Maha Bounghian Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(61) No. 61. Amerapoora. Hut near Maha Bounghian Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(62) No. 62. Amerapoora. Magwe Wundouk Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(63) No. 63. Amerapoora. Pyee-dyk kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(64) No. 64. Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(65) No. 65. Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(66) No. 66. Amerapoora. Shwe-doung-dyk Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(67) No. 67. Amerapoora. Ouk Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(68) No. 68. Amerapoora. Wild Elephant Palace. 
Photo 61/1(69) No. 69. Amerapoora. Ooh-nein Gate of the City. 
Photo 61/1(70) No. 70. Amerapoora. Guardhouse, at the Ooh-nein Gate. 
Photo 61/1(71) No. 71. Amerapoora. A street leading to the Palace. 
Photo 61/1(72) No. 72. [unnumbered]. Amerapoora. The Yoom-dau. 
Photo 61/1(73) No. 73. Amerapoora. Palace of the White Elephant. 
Photo 61/1(74) No. 74. Amerapoora. Gautama's Shrine. 
Photo 61/1(75) No. 75. Amerapoora. A street in the city. 
Photo 61/1(76) No. 76. Amerapoora. Sindu Shwe koo Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(77) No. 77. Amerapoora. The Kings' Water Palace. 
Photo 61/1(78) No. 78. Amerapoora. Entrance of the Aracan Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(79) No. 79. Amerapoora. Aracan Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(80) No. 80. Amerapoora. Kyoung near the Aracan Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(81) No. 81 Amerapoora. My-an-dyk Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(82) No. 82. Amerapoora. Seboutkya Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(83) No. 83. Amerapoora. Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(84) No. 84. Amerapoora. Steps on the S. side of Kyoung No. 83 [Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(85) No. 85. Amerapoora. Part of Balcony on S. side of Kyoung No. 83 [Maha-oung-meeay-liy-mhan Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(86) No. 86. Amerapoora. Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(87) No. 87. Amerapoora. Pyathat on E. of Kyoung No. 86 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(88) No. 88. Amerapoora. Doorway of Pyathat No. 87 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(89) No. 89. Amerapoora. A doorway of Kyoung No. 86 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(90) No. 90. Amerapoora. Front of the W. part of Kyoung No. 86 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(91) No. 91. Amerapoora. Balcony of Kyoung No. 86 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(92) No. 92. Amerapoora. Another part of the balcony of Kyoung No. 86 [Maha-too-lo-Bounghian Kyoung]. 
Photo 61/1(93) No. 93. Amerapoora. Entrance of a Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(94) No. 94. Amerapoora. Pyathat of Kyoung No. 93 [Maha Too Lo Bounghian Kyaung]. 
Photo 61/1(95) No. 95. Amerapoora. Balcony of a small Kyoung. 
Photo 61/1(96) No. 96. Mengoon. Ruined Griffins. 
Photo 61/1(97) No. 97. Mengoon. Pagoda from N.W. 
Photo 61/1(98) No. 98. Mengoon. Pagoda from S.E. 
Photo 61/1(99) No. 99. Mengoon. Small bell in front of Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(100) No. 100. Rangoon. Patent slip. 
Photo 61/1(101) No. 101. Rangoon. A Street; old Style. 
Photo 61/1(102) No. 102. Rangoon. Signal Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(103) No. 103. Rangoon. The Church. 
Photo 61/1(104) No. 104. Rangoon. The Lake. 
Photo 61/1(105) No. 105. Rangoon. View of the Cantonment. 
Photo 61/1(106) No. 106. Rangoon. View near the Lake. 
Photo 61/1(107) No. 107. Rangoon. Shwe Dagon Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(108) No. 108. Rangoon. South Entrance of Shwe Dagon Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(109) No. 109. Rangoon. North Entrance to the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(110) No. 110. Rangoon. South Tazoung of the [Shwe Dagon] Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(111) No. 111. Rangoon. Side view of East Tazoung [Shwe Dagon Pagoda]. 
Photo 61/1(112) No. 112. Rangoon. Henzas on the East side of the [Shwe Dagon] Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(113) No. 113. Rangoon. Great Bell of the [Shwe Dagon] Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(114) No. 114. Rangoon. The Votive Tree. 
Photo 61/1(115) No. 115. Rangoon. Rear View of the [Shwe Dagon] Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(116) No. 116. Rangoon. Small Pagoda [on platform of Shwe Dagon]. 
Photo 61/1(117) No. 117. Rangoon. Portico of the West Entrance of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. 
Photo 61/1(118) No. 118. Rangoon. Natural Bridge. 
Photo 61/1(119) No. 119. Rangoon. Mission House at Kemindine. 
Photo 61/1(120) No. 120. Rangoon. Tiger Alley. 

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