Great Pagoda, Great Bull, Front View, Tanjore, India (Rajarajesvara Temple)

Linnaeus Tripe1857

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Active in Burma and India during the late 1850s, Linneaus Tripe was a professional soldier and official photographer for the Madras Presidency in India from 1856 to 1860. More than 100 of his photographs of India were published in a series of six volumes classified according to the seven urban areas of the presidency. In this dramatic photograph of the sacred Great Bull, Tripe also documented the surrounding landscape and temple which, when built, was one of the largest buildings in South Asia. Created with the paper negative process, Tripe's image demonstrates his skillful use of the medium to record a dynamic perspective and a rich variety of shape, texture, and light.

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  • Title: Great Pagoda, Great Bull, Front View, Tanjore, India (Rajarajesvara Temple)
  • Creator: Captain Linnaeus Tripe (British, 1822-1902), Madras Presidency
  • Date Created: 1857
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 27.2 x 38 cm (10 11/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Paper: 28 x 39.1 cm (11 x 15 3/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1987.218
  • Medium: salted paper print from calotype negative
  • Inscriptions: Written in pencil on verso: "The Great Bull of Tangore"; "IC25"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: PH - British 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 1987.218

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