Servant in a native gentleman's garden, Calcutta
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
A Hand-coloured print from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. On the left of the image a uniformed servant stands, next to the group on the seat, in the garden of a native gentleman at an unidentified location in Calcutta.
In the late 1840s Fiebig took up photography and this early hand-coloured print is one of over 500 views of India and Ceylon taken by him in the early years of the following decade. Among this work, some 250 of the photographs relate to Calcutta and form the earliest extensive photographic documentation of the city, made at a time when photography was just starting to supplant the engraving and the lithograph as the dominant medium of visual record.