23 September 2005
EDMUND DAVID LYON (1825-1891) AND VARIOUS OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS
A photograph album of India, c.1860s, 2° (372 x 265mm), containing 100 prints, many of these apparently unpublished, mounted one to a page, 4 of these signed E.D. Lyon, a variety of sizes but on average approx. 245 x 195mm, some pencilled captions (some marginal browning from mounting). Contemporary brown morocco, covers panelled in blind and gilt (light scuffing, corners rubbed).
A fine album including scenes and monuments in Bombay, Mahabaleshwar, Poona, Beejapore, views along the Coonoor road, Kandy, Ramboda Falls, etc., and 9 studio portraits of Indian sitters. Lyon's photographs include one interior and two exteriors of the Taj at Agra. Captain Edmund David Lyon, formerly of the 68th Foot, was a commercial photographer in Ootacamund from c.1865-69. In the late 1860s, he produced over 300 photographs of the ancient monuments of Madras at the request of the Madras and Bombay governments. He resolved the problems of lighting the extremely long corridors in Southern India, some of them as long as 700 feet, by creating banks of reflectors. The work he produced at this time for the survey was exhibited at the Photographic Society of London in 1869, where it was well received.
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