The Great Within: Photographs of India and the British Raj in the 19th Century

Exhibition Overview


The Palace in the Lake, Oodeypore (Udaipur) #2277
Colin Murray, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta/ Clark Worswick, The Palace in the Lake, Oodeypore (Udaipur) #2277, 1872' on reverse, Edition 3/10, 19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle museum etching paper, 23¾ x 39⅞ in. (60.5 x 101.2 cm.)

Indian photography from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century remains ambiguous in history. The Great Within: Photographs of India and the British Raj in the 19th century features some of the subcontinent’s earliest photographs created in an era when India was a wide-open treasure trove for the British Crown.

The exhibition features prints by photographers and photography studios that worked and operated in India at the time, including Colin Murray, Felice Beato, Raja Deen Dayal and Bourne & Shepherd, one of the oldest photography studios in the world. Patronized by the upper echelons of the British Raj as well as Indian royalty, these artists took to photography, which was swiftly replacing painting as the primary tool for portraiture and documentation, not long after its invention in Europe. Their images feature portraits of Indian princes, Himalayan expeditions, landscape views, and architectural monuments, captured in all their grandeur.

(Photo: Colin Murray, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta/ Clark Worswick, The Palace in the Lake, Oodeypore (Udaipur) #2277, 1872' on reverse, Edition 3/10, 19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle museum etching paper, 23¾ x 39⅞ in. (60.5 x 101.2 cm.), 1872 / atelier Worswick 2017)

Exhibition Highlights


Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta / Clark Worswick

The Spiti Valley from Dunkar - Evening

Frank Mason Good, Frith’s Series, India/ Clark Worswick

Three Kasmiri Nautch Women (Court Entertainers of the Maharaja of Kashmir)

Photographer Unknown/ Clark Worswick

Thousands of Hindu Pilgrims at the Magh Mela

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

Two Princes and Three Attendants at Court, Hyderabad

Charles Shepherd, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta/ Clark Worswick

Golis (Gold Weavers), Agra

Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta / Clark Worswick

View of the Dhul Canal, Kashmir (Gold Metal Picture, Bengal Photographic Society, 1864)

Felice Beato / Clark Worswick

Chattar Manzil Palace, with King of Oudh's Boat in the Shape of a Fish, Sunk in Gumpti River

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

The Char Minar and the City Bazaar, Hyderabad

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

Three Acrobats of the Chatri Circus
Exhibition Highlights

Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta / Clark Worswick

The Spiti Valley from Dunkar - Evening , 1866 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching pape, 8⅞ x 14⅞ in.
Signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'Clark Worswick / Atelier Worswick 2017 / Photographer, Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd, 1866 / "Evening," The Spiti Valley from Dunkar - The Spiti Series - India' on reverse Open edition

Frank Mason Good, Frith’s Series, India/ Clark Worswick

Three Kasmiri Nautch Women (Court Entertainers of the Maharaja of Kashmir) , 1872 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching paper, 15 x 19⅞ in.
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick 6/30/2017 / Nautch Women, Court Entertainers of the Maharaja of Kashmir- 1872 / Frank Mason Good, Photographer / 6/30' on reverse Edition 6/30

Photographer Unknown/ Clark Worswick

Thousands of Hindu Pilgrims at the Magh Mela , 1885 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle museum etching paper, 31⅞ x 39⅞ in.
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Clark Worswick / Atelier Worswick - 2017 / 3/10 / Photographer Unknown, 1885/ The Great Mela, Kumbakonam Tank' on reverse Edition 3/10

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

Two Princes and Three Attendants at Court, Hyderabad, 1897 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle museum etching paper, 34¾ x 39¾ in.
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick / Atelier Worswick, 2017 / 3/10 / Photographer Raja Deen Dayal / 2 Princes and Attendants at Court / Hyderabad, 1897' on reverse Edition 3/10

Charles Shepherd, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta/ Clark Worswick

Golis (Gold Weavers), Agra , 1859- 1863 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching paper, 14⅞ x 18⅞ in
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick / Worswick / Atelier / 6/30 / Photographer Charles Shepherd, 1859-63 India / Bourne & Shepherd, Cat# 1104 - Gold Lace Makers / "Golis" / Zunlos' on reverse Edition 6/30

Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd & Co., Calcutta / Clark Worswick

View of the Dhul Canal, Kashmir (Gold Metal Picture, Bengal Photographic Society, 1864), 1864 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle museum etching paper, 32¾ x 39¾ in.
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick / Atelier Worswick, 2017 / 3/10 / Photographer, Samuel Bourne / Bourne & Shepherd, Calcutta / View of the Dhul Canal, Kashmir, 1864 / Gold Medal picture, Bengal Photographic Society' on reverse Edition 3/10

Felice Beato / Clark Worswick

Chattar Manzil Palace, with King of Oudh's Boat in the Shape of a Fish, Sunk in Gumpti River, 1858 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching paper, 15 x 18⅛ in.
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick - Felice Beato, Photographer, 1858 / The King of Oude's Fish Boat with Ships / Sunk in the Gumpti River in Front of the / Chattar Manzil Palace, Lucknow / 6/30' on reverse Edition 6/30

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

The Char Minar and the City Bazaar, Hyderabad , 1887 / atelier Worswick 2017
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching paper , 14⅞ x 19⅝ in.
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick - Raja Deen Dayal , Photographer, 1887 / Hyderabad- The Char Minar & the City Bazaar / 6/30' on reverse Edition 6/30

Raja Deen Dayal, Secunderabad Studio, Hyderabad / Clark Worswick

Three Acrobats of the Chatri Circus, 1897
19th century gold sealed albumen paper / Permanent carbon digital print transcribed onto Hahnemühle deckled edged museum etching paper, 22 x 17.5 in
Signed, dated, titled, numbered and inscribed 'Clark Worswick - Raja Deen Dayal, Photographer, 1897/ The Chatri Circus, Three Acrobats- Hyderabad / 6/30' on reverse Edition 6/30
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