William Henry Pigou, a medical doctor who was an amateur photographer, spent 1856–57 working for the colonial government recording ancient Indian monuments. This image of the temple at Kirwuttee (current accepted spelling is Kuruvatti) was taken around two years after the introduction of photography to India.

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  • Title: Kirwuttee, A Temple, India
  • Creator: William Henry Pigou (British, 1818-1858)
  • Date Created: c. 1857
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 27.6 x 38.9 cm (10 7/8 x 15 5/16 in.); Image with border: 31.6 x 42.6 cm (12 7/16 x 16 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.7 x 55 cm (14 1/16 x 21 5/8 in.)
  • Provenance: (Daniella Dangoor, London, England), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2019.54
  • Medium: albumen print from paper negative
  • Inscriptions: Imprinted in black type on white paper label mounted to recto: “Plate XXXVI. KIRWUTTEE. A Temple”
  • Fun Fact: This building primarily has miniature temple models as its exterior ornamentation in combination with only a few figural sculptures.
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Photography Discretionary Fund
  • Collection: PH - British 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 2019.54

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