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Ancient Monolith found near Ghazeepore, now in the grounds of Queens College

Samuel Bourne, (1834–1912)

Creation date: ca. 1865-1866
Creation place: Benares

Other Information

Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Albumen print
Credit Line: Museum purchase from the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer Collection with funds provided by the Beatrice Lynds Bequest
Accession Number: 2010.164
Dimensions: 11 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (28.58 cm x 22.23 cm)

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Photography in British India, 1840s-1910s (04/09/2018)

Ghazipur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, was historically covered in dense forest where saints of the Vedic period (ca. 1500–500 BC) dwelled in seclusion. In 1820, the British East India Company established an opium factory there that greatly enhanced the finances of the British Empire and remains the largest legal opium operation in the world.

Last Updated: 4/9/2018


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Photography of British India 1840s-1910s , 3/10/2018 - 2/18/2019

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