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: British Empire & Commonwealth

: Sitwell

: 2003/071/1/1/2

: 1890s album

: c. 1885-1900

: This album is one of two companion volumes compiled by Sir Sidney Sitwell during his time in India working for the Bank of Bengal in Calcutta, in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. The photographs are predominantly purchases from known photographers of the period, but a minority of images featuring Sitwell himself were possibly taken by an associate or commissioned as part of his employment with the bank. Most are undated, but appear to have been taken in the last decade of the C19th. The album contains several dated group portraits of Sitwell with Bank of Bengal colleagues, and also exterior shots of the Bank's branches in Kolkata, Rangoon and Sittwe. There are also a small number of less formal shots including Sitwell and friends, in Kolkata and in the Chin Hills of Myanmar. The stock images include street scenes, architectural attractions, religious festivals and landscapes in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Many of the images of Colombo and Kandy are from the studios of Charles T. Scowen, and a large number of these are botanical shots, many taken at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy. Research undertaken at the time of the conservation treatment suggests that at least some of the Myanmar images were from the studios of Philip Adolphe Klier of Rangoon. The purchased images of India all feature architectural landmarks and tourist sites in Kolkata and Delhi. The album also includes 2 documents, one dated 1911 announcing the coronation of King George 5th, and translations into two Indian languages.

India, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Burma, Myanmar

: 1 volume

: File

: 1 volume bound in black leather containing 60 pages, each of which had photographs glued to them. All were accompanied by manuscript captions and many also have manuscript annotations on the reverse. The album underwent conservation treatment c. 2005, funded by the Pilgrim Trust. The 60 photographs were removed from the volume, which had a damaged spine and mounts, and remounted on archival board. The empty album and the prints are now stored in two separate boxes. The attached report gives more detail on the conservation treatment.

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