View of Delhi – Old Photo 1872

This is an old 1860 photo with a view of Delhi taken by Samuel Bourne. He was a prolific British photographer who arrived in India in 1863. He remained for only seven years. In that period formed the photography studio of Bourne & Shepherd with Arthur Robertson and Charles Shepherd. It was however the work of Bourne that the outlook of the firm was shaped. The studio closed down in 2016 in Kolkata.

Read more Timeless Classics – Through the Lens of Bourne & Shepherd

Shown here is one of his most famous works of Delhi from the 19th century. A panoramic sight, probably taken from the top of one of the minarets of the Jama Masjid. The walled city was created within the precincts of Delhi by Shah Jahan and called it Shahjahanabad. This is when he decided to shift the capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad in 1639. Click on the photo for better view.

See also my post Birds Eye View of Delhi In 1902 – Old Print.

Did you know- the city came into prominence when the capital was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi after the announcement of King George V in the 1911 Durbar.  

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative Stamp Folder., Ballard Pier Mole Station Bombay – Old Postcard 1925., Mumbai Welcoming The King & Queen – Old Print 1905., Ooty Steam Loco Train Halt Over Bridge – Old Photograph 1909

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.


Photo Details

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11 x 8 inches

Photographer -

samuel bourne