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Simpson, Benjamin (attributed to)
ALBUM OF SEVENTY NINE PHOTOGRAPHS "ABORIGINES OF INDIA". [1860S]
4to (300 x 260mm.), 79 albumen prints (76: average 240 x 190mm., or the reverse; 3: 115 x 90mm.), on 77 thick card mounts, recto only, some captioned in ink on the mount, twentieth-century brown crushed morocco gilt by Sotheran & Co., spine in compartments with raised bands gilt, titled on spine, gilt edges, some spotting and fading, light dust-soiling, binding missing clasp
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A RARE ALBUM OF INDIAN PORTRAITS. Sir Benjamin Simpson (1831-1923) served in the Indian Medical Service (Bengal) from 1853 to 1890. A keen amateur photographer and member of the Bengal Photographic Society, he produced a series of 80 photographs, Racial Types of Northern India, which won a gold medal at the London International Exhibition of 1862. A further trip to Assam in 1867-68 produced more portraits, many of which were lithographed for Edward Tuite Dalton's Descriptive Ethnology of Bengal (Calcutta, 1872). Many of Simpson's portraits were also included in Watson & Kay's eight-volume The People of India (1868-1875).

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