Signed "L. Tripe" in ink. Photographer's blindstamp and printed label with plate number 56, title and "Taken from the causeway crossing the Toung-deman lake at its Eastern extremity. A glimpse of the city is caught on the left." on mount.
This dreamlike view looks across Taungthaman Lake to the city of Amarapura in Burma (Myanmar). Tripe, an officer from the Madras Infantry, was the official photographer attached to a British diplomatic mission to Burma in 1855. Aside from official duties, the mission was instructed to gather information about the country and its people. Tripe’s architectural and topographical views are of great documentary importance as they are among the earliest surviving photographs of Burma. The photographer wrote of this view, “Taken from the causeway crossing the Toung-deman lake at its eastern extremity. A glimpse of the city is caught on the left”. Tripe’s mastery with the paper negative is at its highest level in this composition which anticipates impressionism.
James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie (1812-1860), Governor-General of India; by descent
Captain Linnaeus Tripe, Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 21 September 2014-4 January 2015; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 28 February 2015-25 May 2015; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 23 June 2015-11 October 2015.
Janet Dewan. The Photographs of Linnaeus Tripe, A Catalogue Raisonné (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2003), CR3-101, p. 262
Roger Taylor, Sarah GreenoughCrispin Branfoot, Malcolm Daniel, Sarah Greenough, Roger Taylor, Captain Linnaeus Tripe, Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2014) Pl. 19, p. 19.