Western Gateway (Gopuram) of the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai

Linnaeus Tripe1858

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The tall gateways of this Hindu temple, characteristic of South Indian temple architecture, challenged the camera technology of 1858. Linnaeus Tripe, however, had a new type of device, a wooden box camera with a “rising front,” or bellows. This innovation allowed him to get relatively close to tall structures and capture them without radical vertical distortion.

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  • Title: Western Gateway (Gopuram) of the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai
  • Creator: Captain Linnaeus Tripe (British, 1822-1902)
  • Date Created: 1858
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 38 x 30.2 cm (14 15/16 x 11 7/8 in.); Image with black margin: 39.5 x 31.2 cm (15 9/16 x 12 5/16 in.); Paper: 39.5 x 31.2 cm (15 9/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: London Art Market, Private Collection, United Kingdom, (Prahlad Bubbar Indian and Islamic Art, London, United Kingdom), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2020.208
  • Medium: albumenized salt print
  • Fun Fact: An important pilgrimage site for centuries, this temple continues to draw tens of thousands of worshippers per day.
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: PH - British 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 2020.208

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