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No. 6. Thayet Myo. Pagoda on the S. of Cantonment.

No. 6. Thayet Myo. Pagoda on the S. of Cantonment.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(6)

Item number: 6116

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe of a small temple at Prome (Pyay) in Burma (Myanmar), from a portfolio of 120 prints. With this portfolio of architectural and topographical views, Tripe, an officer from the Madras Infantry, created an early photographic record of Burma. The 1855 British Mission to Burma was instructed to persuade the Burmese king Mindon Min to accept the annexation of Pegu (Lower Burma) following the Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. It was also the intention of the government to collect both cultural and practical information regarding the little known country. The mission spent a little over three months in Burma from August to early November 1855 stopping at various places to allow Linnaeus Tripe, the official photographer, and the Mission's artist, Colesworthy Grant, to perform their duties. Thayetmyo was a town strategically located on the right bank of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) just south of the border between Upper and Lower Burma, about 60 miles north of Prome and with water communication to Rangoon (Yangon). Hence it was the British base in the efforts to master Upper Burma.

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