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No. 118. Rangoon. Natural Bridge.

No. 118. Rangoon. Natural Bridge.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(118)

Item number: 611118

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe from a portfolio of 120 prints, taken at Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar). This view shows, 'A fallen tree over Tiger Alley near the American Mission at Kemindine'. Tiger Alley was one of the roads leading out of Rangoon to the north. Kemmendine (Kyimyintaing) was a district of Rangoon to the north-west. The Second Anglo-Burmese war of 1852 ended with the British annexation of Pegu and occupation of Rangoon. Lord Dalhousie, the Governor General of British India was instructed by the East India Company to require the Burmese king Mindon Min to sign a treaty recognising the annexation. Diplomatic overtures commenced in 1855 by means of a mission headed by Arthur Phayre, the newly-appointed Commisssioner of Pegu province, and Henry Yule, an officer in the Public Works Department was appointed Secretary to the mission. Besides the diplomatic objective, the mission was expected to obtain detailed information about Upper Burma. Linnaeus Tripe was appointed official photographer to the mission. Tripe, who specialised in architectural and topographical views, took pioneering photographs of Burma, which besides being aesthetically fine formed a vital record of the country.

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