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LALA DEEN DAYAL (1844-1910)

LALA DEEN DAYAL (1844-1910)

'Views of Bhopal and Sanchi', circa 1890s

Album of thirty-four albumen prints, approx. 5¼ x 8 to 8¼ x 10¾ in. or the reverse, the majority signed, initialled and/or numbered in the negatives, each numbered and titled in ink on mount, green morocco, gilt, titled and with photographer's credit Lálá Deen Dayal Indore C. I. in gilt on front cover, g.e., oblong lge. 4to.
Desmond, R. in Lala Deen Dayal The Eminent Indian Photographer 1844-1910, London: Borough of Camden, 1982

Lot Essay

Including views and architectural detail of the Taj Mahal, Moti Mahel(sic) and the great Buddhist Tope at Sanchi including a distant view and studies of each of the carved gateways.

Lala Deen Dayal rose to prominence as a photographer in India when he was granted permission to photograph H.R.H. the Prince of Wales during his royal visit in 1875. In 1885 he was appointed court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Pasha, and at about the same time he opened a second studio at Secunderabad. His work was widely acclaimed. He became the first Indian photographer to achieve this level of recognition and therefore to rival the more established British firms such as Bourne & Shepherd and Johnston & Hoffman. By the end of the century the firm of Raja Deen Dayal & Sons employed over fifty people.

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