Images of India from another era

Apologies for my lack of activity on this blog for a while. We have been extremely busy with lots of different projects here at Court Lodge, which I will hopefully be able to write all about very soon.

A while ago I wrote about my great grandfather’s travels to India and various other places throughout what was then the British Empire in the late 1880s. You can read that entry here. In that post I wrote about discovering a new side to Henry, my great grandfather. We all knew that he was massively into his big game hunting, and also that he had a violent temper. But reading his diaries I found out that he also had a genuine appreciation for the art and architecture that he discovered on his travels, as well as a deep fondness for his wife, at least at that early stage in his marriage.

Henry also, evidently, was a huge fan and a big early adopter of photography. As I mentioned in another post, we have many boxes of old glass slides, and we have recently found a way of converting them into digital images. That process is ongoing, and I’ll report back with more of these images as we sift through them. However, many of these glass slides were developed by Henry, and we have several old photograph albums containing these images. There is one old photograph album in particular that is quite an impressive object:

Henry Courtenay Morland's photograph album

Henry Courtenay Morland’s photograph album

Henry developed many of his glass slides, and the images are here inside this album. There are photos of Court Lodge, the family and the garden, as well as photos he took on his travels round the world. I’ve already shown some of the photos from inside this album on earlier blog posts. See, for example, here, here and here.

Here are some of those photos from India, Africa, and Europe. I’ve also included modern photos of the same places alongside some of Henry’s photos.

The Taj Mahal in the 1880s

The Taj Mahal in the 1880s

The Taj Mahal today

The Taj Mahal today

 

The Kashmir gate in the 1880s

The Kashmir gate in the 1880s

 

The Kashmir gate today

The Kashmir gate today

The Qutub Minar - Delhi in the 1880s

The Qutub Minar – Delhi in the 1880s

The Qutub Minar today

The Qutub Minar today

Gwalior fortress in the 1880s

Gwalior fortress in the 1880s

Gwalior fortress today

Gwalior fortress today

Gwalior fortress in the 1880s

Gwalior fortress in the 1880s

Gwalior fortress today

Gwalior fortress today

Humayun's tomb in the 1880s

Humayun’s tomb in the 1880s

Humayun's tomb today

Humayun’s tomb today

Hindu temple at Gwalior

Hindu temple at Gwalior

Gwalior temple today

Gwalior temple today

 

Palace at Gwalior in the 1880s

Palace at Gwalior in the 1880s

Palace at Gwalior today

Palace at Gwalior today

Cape Town in the 1880s

Cape Town in the 1880s

Nice, France, in the 1880s

Nice, France, in the 1880s

Nice today

Nice today

Henry is second from the left standing. I'm not sure who the others are, but this picture is so evocative of Colonial India.

Henry is second from the left standing. I’m not sure who the others are, but this picture is so evocative of Colonial India.

I don’t know who the people in the next two pictures are either, but they are stunning photographs.

 

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Casino at Monte Carlo

Casino at Monte Carlo

Lastly, here are a few more images of India taken from the glass slides that we have been digitising lately.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these images of India and other places in the 19th century. Keep watching this blog for more old photographs.

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