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Photograph (Calotype or Waxed Paper Negative) of a Colonial Residence in India, by A. Y. Shortt, 1860s

Inventory Number: 11938
Object Type:
Persons: Alexander Young Shortt (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1941-6
Brief Description: Waxed paper negative. One of 5 showing a colonial residence or compound in India (others 11939, 11940, 11941, 11942), this one with several seated native figures. Corners tatty. Shortt's photographs of a Hindu temple are 1867, and several other paper negatives 1870s; but one which seems more closely related to this group (11945) is dated 1847. That date would mean not only that it is a waxed calotype rather than a Le Gray process waxed paper negative, but also that it was more probably taken by Shortt's father John Macourtie Shortt (1803-1866), who was also a Major-General in India.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Presented by Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. Shortt in 1941. Taken by his father Major-General Alexander Young Shortt when he was Political Resident (representative of the British Government) in the native state of Palanpur, India, about 1860-70.
Collection Group: Shortt Photographs
Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
176 203 mm