Royal Lakes, Rangoon 7521022
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (ca.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Royal Lake in Rangoon (Yangon), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier during the 1890s in Burma (Myanmar). The lake lies in Dalhousie Park (now Bogyoke Aung San Park), created in the mid-19th century by the British to plans drawn up in 1856 by William Scott of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens. The park was laid out around the Kandawgyi or Royal Lake, one of two lakes in northern Rangoon east of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Its pleasing undulating shape was further landscaped and a drive encircling the lake was created. The lake was a popular subject for photographers in Rangoon for the picturesque vistas of water and parkland it gave. In this view its receding curves are framed and contrasted with the tall spreading tree in the foreground. Klier, of German origin, started his career as professional photographer in 1871 in Moulmein. He specialised in art photography, his work was published in art books, and he eventually became a dealer in arts and crafts.