“Group of Booteas” [pencil caption]. Samuel Bourne.

“Group of Booteas” [pencil caption].

[Darjeeling: 1869].

Bourne cat. # 1904. Vintage albumen print, inscribed in the negative, lower left ("Bourne / 1904”), docketed on verso. 9-1/4 x 11-1/2 in. Matted, some wrinkling and fading at margins, small tear at top margin, else near fine. Bourne cat. # 1904. Item #242357

Four upper-class Booteas, Tibetan-speaking inhabitants of Nepal.

British-born Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) photographed the landscape and architecture of India and the Himalayan region from 1863-1870. "[R]ecognized as an important landscape photographer, Bourne entered a partnership with Charles Shepherd" and "became a leading supplier of Indian views" (Pare, PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE, p. 251).

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