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  • White, J. Claude
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  • East Indians
  • Tibet (China)
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    Still prints of South Asia, circa 1870-1904.
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    White, J. Claude (John Claude), b. 1853
    Still prints of South Asia, circa 1870-1904.
    Phy. Description: 
    1 print : carbon; image 15 x 20 cm., mounted 40 x 51 cm.
    1 print : albumen image 19 x 31 cm., mounted 40 x 51 cm.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    John Claude White (1853-1918) was an amateur British photographer who spent his entire professional life working for the British Raj. From 1883 to 1908, White was stationed in Kathmandu and Sikkim, and his famous images of the Himalayas were taken during this period. He accompanied Younghusband on his mission to Tibet in 1903-1904 and made a number of landscape photographs during the campaign, including the image in this collection.
    Hooper was an English army officer who spent over 40 years in India. Early in his career, he became known for being an avid and accomplished amateur photographer. As a result, in 1862 Hooper was transferred to the 4th Cavalry where he worked almost exclusively on acquiring portraits of the people of Central India. These portraits were undertaken as part of the India Office's efforts to assemble a vast database of visual information and descriptive texts on the complex society of colonial India. This database would eventually be published as a monumental eight-volume catalog entitled "The People of India: a Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan." Hooper was also known for his photographs of the Madras Famine of 1876-1878 and the Third Burmese War.
    This collection consists of two items: 1. Carbon print by John Claude White, depicting a panoramic view of a mountain valley and village in Kangmar, Tibet, circa 1904. 2. Albumen print by Col. Willoughby Wallace Hooper, depicting a family of grass cutters in Indian, circa 1870s.
    Two oversized file folders.
    Purchase, 1998.
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    Mountains -- China -- Tibet
    Villages -- China -- Tibet
    East Indians
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Tibet (China)
    China Tibet Kangmar
    Form / Genre: 
    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: 
    Hooper, Willoughby Wallace, 1837-1912
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