Oblong folio illustrating a trip through India, Ceylon, Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Honolulu and ending at the Niagara Falls. Approximately 73 photographs in various sizes mounted on thick card. Five photographs are signed and numbered by Bourne in the negative. The other images of northern India are known to be by or attributed to Samuel Bourne. The eight images of Ceylon in the album are presumed to arise from Bourne’s collaboration with Charles Shepherd who is better known for his images of Ceylon. All images are captioned in ink on the mount in the same unknown hand. Twenty-four large photographs [300 x 250mm (average)]; Twenty-seven medium [200 x 145mm (average)]; Twenty-two small [60 x 95mm]. Oblong folio. Bound in half morocco on cloth boards.
Photographs appear in the following sequence, India: Bombay: The Marble Rocks, Jubbulpore; Bridge Over River Jimna at Allahabad; Monilith in Fort Allahabad; Benares; Old Palace in Fort Agra; Lahore Gate, Delhi; Feroshah near Delhi; Kutub minar, near Delhi; Taj Majal, Agra; Gate of Delhi; Tomb near Delhi; Tomb near Delhi; Lucknow; Monument over the Well at Cauenpre; Simla. Ceylon; Point de Galle Harbour; Point de Galle Town; Street in Point de Galle; Kandy; Temple of the Sacred Tooth of Buddah, (Kandy); Coffee Plantation in Ceylon. Australia: Albany, Western Australia [4 photographs]. Tasmania [10 photographs]: Launceston; Hobart Port and Town; Cascade Brewery, Hobart; Corra Linn, Launceston; Waterfall, Fern-tree Gully, Hobart; Fern-tree Bowar; Port Arthur; Derwent River, New Norfolk; Fern-tree Bowar. New Zealand [17 photographs]: Port Chalmers; Port Lyttleton; Cave Rock, Sumner; Christchurch; River Avon; Waimahiri River; Sheep Station, Canterbury; New Zealand Alps; Lake Hawera; Mount Rua Pehu Bush Scenery; Auckland; Sacred Wharei Ohinemutu; The Pink Terrace, Rotomahana; The White Terrace. Honolulu and Sandwich Islands: Government Buildings with Two Other Scenes in Honolulu; Royal Palm Tree, Honolulu; Private Residence, Honolulu; Mauri Chief; Mauri Waicena. Falls of Niagara. (405 x 330mm). There are also images of: A Bhestie; A Dhobie; Coalies, Rajah; Maharajah Policeman Khitmutgar and a Nautch Girl.
Bourne and Shepherd was an Indian photographic studio and one of the oldest established photographic businesses in the world. Established in 1863, at its peak, it was the most successful commercial firm in nineteenth and early twentieth-century India, with agencies all over that country. A devastating fire in 1991 destroyed much of the studio’s photographic archive and resulted in a severe financial loss to the firm. The long-term impact of the fire, legal difficulties with the Indian government, which owned the studio building, and the increasing dominance of digital technology, finally forced the studio’s closure in June 2016. At its closure, the studio had operated continuously for 176 years.