Dhobee's House and tank
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Dhobi's House and tank, from 'Views of Calcutta and Barrackpore' was taken in the1860s by Samuel Bourne. A view looking across the village tank (water supply) towards a group of dhobies (washermen and women), with a substantial mud and thatch hut beyond.
By the 1860s, commercial photography was becoming well-established in India and this growing market attracted the young Nottingham photographer Samuel Bourne to the subcontinent in 1863. During a residence of seven years, Bourne produced thousands of landscape and architectural views, but his fame and the success of his studio, rests primarily on the results of three arduous photographic expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas.