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    Impey Family Photograph Albums circa 1850-1889
     
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    Creator: 
    Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck Captain photographer.
    Title: 
    Impey Family Photograph Albums circa 1850-1889
    Phy. Description: 
    ca. 304 albumen and salt prints : black and white
    Digital Reference: 
    Image Image Image
    Bio / His Notes: 
    E.C. Impey, an important figure in the early photography of India, was one of a number of British soldiers to take up that medium in the 1850's-1860's. Impey, whose grandfather, Sir Elijah Impey and his wife Mary were highly important patrons of Indian painting, was also related to 19th century photographers Sir John Herschel and Julia Margaret Cameron. Sir Elijah Impey was an extremly influencial justice at the onset of British colonization of India. Despite his presence in India for only just over eight years, he was appointed to preside in Sudder Dewannee Adawlet, the court of appeals for civil causes from the provincial council, and also acted as the chief justice of the state of Bengals. In addition, he was responsible for prepring the Code of Rules,Orders and Regulation (1781) , an important colonial cornerstone of the British contribution to the codification of Indian law.
    Summary: 
    Two personal photo albums of Captain Eugene Clutterbuck Impey containing images of his brother, Captain Henry Dixon and other unidentified photographers (some initialled in the negative) of the late 1850's and early 1860's, and British colonials. There are also images of various Indian peoples, a still life of game birds, a panoramic view supposedly of ruins after the Mutiny, and architectural images. Also included are still photographs from the 1870's and 1880's by Scowen & Company and Woodbury & Page of Sri Lanka (Lake at Kandy, Kandy Chiefs, Kandy Chiefs and Family) and Java (Tree study), respectively.
    Organization: 
    prints (predominantly housed in 2 photo albums) : organized in 3 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Provenance: 
    Purchased from Ken and Jenny Johnson Nineteenth Century Photographs, Essex, U.K., 01/13/93. Originally received was also a salt print by photographer Frederick Fiebig, which was then transfered to Mr. Leon Jacobson (father of Ken Jacobson) of Fort Myers, Florida on 12/06/93.
    Restrictions: 
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    Subject - Geographical: 
    India -- Description and travel
    Sri Lanka
    Java
    India West Bengal Calcutta (Kolkata)
    Form / Genre: 
    Salted paper prints -- 1840-1860
    Albumen prints
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
    Local Number: 
    FSA A1993.09
    Co-Creator: 
    Scowen & Co.
    Woodbury & Page
    Item Information
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