Tanjore, Great Pagoda, Great Bull as Viewed on Passing through the Last Gopurum
Linnaeus Tripe, British, Tanjore, Great Pagoda, Great Bull as Viewed on Passing through the Last Gopurum, 1860, Albumen print from waxed paper negative; 29.1 x 36.7 cm (11 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches) image/sheet, Mary B. Jackson Fund 77.024
Linnaeus Tripe joined the British East India Company’s army in 1838. While on furlough in England during the early 1850s, he began to experiment with photography. When he returned to India, the British government asked him to photograph selected architectural subjects in Burma and in the region around Madras in southeastern India as part of a mission to record and conserve these monuments. Between December 1857 and April 1858 he produced more than four hundred images in India, many of which were published in a series of volumes from which RISD’s Tanjore photograph derives. Tripe had an interest in the medium’s expressive as well as descriptive possibilities and composed this image carefully, giving thought to sightlines and a lively pattern of rich darks and lights.