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Tanjore. Great Pagoda, Gopurum from One Side Fort Wall
One of the first photographers appointed by the British government, Linnaeus Tripe was enlisted to document historic buildings and religious temples. From March to April 1858, Tripe photographed Thanjavur’s renowned “Great Pagoda,” the Rajaraesvara temple that is one of South India’s greatest Chola temple complexes. Tripe’s dramatic compositions and painted-in skies enhance the natural beauty of the 11th-century structure. The British considered themselves stewards of India’s monuments following the assumption of Crown rule in 1858, and pictures such as Tripe’s were published with text suggesting that under colonial control “a brighter day has already dawned in India.”
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Linnaeus Tripe, British, 1822–1902
Tanjore. Great Pagoda, Gopurum from One Side Fort WallGreat Pagoda from the Fort Glacis
- March/April 1858
- Albumen silver print from paper negative
- Image: 9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm) Sheet: 9 1/2 × 14 1/4 in. (24.1 × 36.2 cm) Mount: 17 9/16 × 22 1/2 in. (44.6 × 57.2 cm)
- Credit Line
The Manfred Heiting Collection
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
ex-collection Newberry Library, Chicago; Western Gallery, Carmel;