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

Inventory Number: 11942
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 11938, 11939, 11940, 11941), this one with step ladder on the verandah. Entire sky blocked out with photographer's red on back. Two tears. 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
215 280 mm