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No. 5. Prome. A small Pagoda.

No. 5. Prome. A small Pagoda.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(5)

Item number: 6115

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe of a small temple at Prome (Pyay) in Burma (Myanmar), from a portfolio of 120 prints. Tripe, an officer in the Madras Infantry, was attached to a British diplomatic mission to the Burmese court in 1855, the purpose of which was to persuade King Mindon Min to ratify the peace treaty of his predecessor Pagan Min who had signed away the province of Pegu at the conclusion of the Anglo-Burmese war of 1852. In the words of Lord Dalhousie explaining the mission to his superiors in London: 'such officers should be chosen for this purpose as shall be capable, in various ways, of collecting and furnishing information to the Government upon all points, on which it may be of advantage hereafter to possess accurate knowledge, and which may be useful also for our future purposes.' Tripe's portfolio, produced for government purposes, comprises the first extensive photographic record produced in Myanmar. He was one of the early pioneers of 19th century architectural and landscape photography, his preferred subject matter. He wrote of this view, 'The carved wood work of this has been stripped off. The centre building is of white stucco, gilt in the ornamental parts'.

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