[Album of vernacular photographs of a trip to India, Ceylon, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Korea and Japan]
Various places: circa 1900. Oblong folio. 694 gelatin silver prints, mounted recto and verso on 90 album cards, images mostly measuring 3 1/2 inches square, but a few larger as well (and with one additional larger image of Ceylon by photographer S. Cowen & Co., laid in). The album disbound and housed in three archival boxes.
Album of vernacular images of India and East Asia.
Besides the usual sites (Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, etc.), the album includes many photographs of architectural detail as well as the peoples of the regions in their everyday life. The unnamed photographer was talented, with many of the images displaying an ethereal beauty. The album comprises approximately 220 images of India or Ceylon, approximately 180 images of Burma, Cambodia and Malaysia (including Singapore), approximately 110 images of China or Korea and approximately 180 photographs of Japan. Although there is no internal evidence to confirm, the modern archival boxes indicate the images are from the collection of Alexander Phelps Hodges.