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J. BURKE, W. BAKER and W. CRADDOCK

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J. BURKE, W. BAKER and W. CRADDOCK

Kashmir and Northern India, circa 1870s

Album of 102 albumen prints, the majority approx. 10 x 12 in., twenty signed and numbered by Baker, fourteen signed and numbered by Baker & Burke, twenty-five signed and numbered by Burke, one signed by Craddock, twelve others unsigned but with reference numbers of Baker or Burke inscribed on mounts, titled and approx. half numbered in ink on mounts, half morocco, gilt, oblong lge. 4to.
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Views including Srinagar and the valley of the River Sind, ancient architectural sites, canal and river scenes, merchant houses, palaces and mountain landscapes. Eight portraits titled 'H.H. Rajah Ram Singh and personal staff', 'H.H. the Maharajah', 'Trophies of Kashmir, Messrs. Brooke & Cunninghame 92nd.', 'Kashmir Durbar Group...1877', 'Srinagar. Natch Group', 'Jamma. H.H. The Maharajah reviewing his troops', 'Kashmir Natch Girls & Musicians', 'Camp Life-Kashmir'.

Worswick & Embree, The Last Empire, p. 8

Lot Essay

John Burke first worked in Kashmir in the late 1860s photographing the archaeological sites for the Archaeological Survey, North-West Provinces. This work was later published in 1869 under the title Illustrations of Ancient Buildings in Kashmir by Lieut. H. H. Cole, the survey's Superintendent. Burke is better-known for his photographs of the Second Afghan War in 1878-80.
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