Prome, Strand Road
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Strand Road at Prome (Pyay or Pye) in Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. Prome lies on the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River (Ayeyarwaddy) in the delta region of Burma and has historically been an important centre of trade between Upper and Lower Burma. In the late 19th century it was one of the largest towns in Burma. This is a view looking down Strand Road next to the river, with steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company moored alongside the river bank. Prome was one of the ports of call on the journey between Rangoon (Yangon) and Mandalay. The photograph is from an album devoted almost entirely to Lord Elgin's Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.