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  • Entrance to Shingodama’s Pagoda Kenindine
    Quarto, album containing 61 photographs, nine of which are loose and laid in, images are mounted on 31 leaves, bound in contemporary ½ roan and brown covered cloth boards, binding worn, front cover detached, but present, portions of back-strip missing, old tape repairs to binding, some foxing to mounting leaves, else very good.
    The views are largely identified in pencil either on mounting leaves, or in the case of the loose photographs in pencil on the verso of the image.        Most of the photographs are large, ranging in size from approximately 9 x 7 inches to 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches at the smallest. Two images are dated 1858, including: “Entrance to Shingodama’s Pagoda Kenindine”, signed at bottom right corner in red ink “W.S. .58” and “On the Kenindine Road”, likely signed by the same individual. Two of the images are dated in pencil “1865,” most of the images based on costume styles are clearly from this period. However, several images may be from the 1850s, one image taken in India notes the presence of “Sepoy gardeners,” who were undoubtedly fired after the uprising in 1857. Many of the images were probably taken by the unknown compiler of the album.          This interesting album contains early photographic views of locations in Burma, India, both southern and northern, Penang, and in the compiler’s native England. (see complete inventory below). The views include several of Pagodas in Burma, including the Shouay Dagon and Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, now Yangan, Myanmar. The entrance to “Shingodama’s Pagoda, Kenindine,” “Lyator Traveller’s House – Tennyen,” a view of the village of Tennyen, “Kyoung in Kenindine,”… more >