Entrance to the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai

Entrance to the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai


Captain Linnaeus Tripe

(British, 1822-1902)

Albumen print from a waxed paper negative

Image: 30.6 x 37.1 cm (12 1/16 x 14 5/8 in.); Paper: 30.6 x 37.1 cm (12 1/16 x 14 5/8 in.); Mount: 45.5 x 57.3 cm (17 15/16 x 22 9/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2020.212

Catalogue raisonné: Dewan: CR6-138


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This photograph shows the relationship in space and scale between one of the towering gateways and the modestly sized original entrance to this Madurai temple complex.


Most mid-19th-century photographers shot architecture from just one or two key angles. Linnaeus Tripe pioneered a methodical method for documenting all of a monument’s main components, providing in-depth information about a site’s entire structure. This approach may have been informed by a knowledge of surveying and mapping techniques gained through military service.

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