Sir Auckland Colvin and Family, Simla

Sir Auckland Colvin and Family, Simla


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Raja Deen Dayal

(Indian, 1844–1905)

Albumen print

Image: 20 x 26.9 cm (7 7/8 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 20 x 26.9 cm (7 7/8 x 10 9/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.266.8



Deen Dayal’s large glass plate negatives and view camera required daylight to capture people without a blur, so his large group portraits are usually set before the sitters’ homes in their gardens. The equipment also dictated that scenes be carefully posed, not candid, shots. Sir Auckland Colvin (1838–1908) and his daughters were photographed in 1887, the year he became lieutenant governor of North-Western Provinces, a position his father had once held. The sitters are arranged so they orbit two framed photographs displayed on a table, presumably depictions of Colvin’s deceased wife and son. Thanks to photography, the entire Colvin family was reunited.

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Albumen print

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