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Ernest Rudolph Gunther photograph album of India

Ms. Coll. 1164

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Gunther, Ernest Rudolph, 1862-1923
Title:
Ernest Rudolph Gunther photograph album of India
Date [inclusive]:
1895-1896
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1164
Extent:
08 linear feet (1 volume)
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection is composed of a photograph album containing photographs of various regions of India. The cover lists the following dates and cities: 1895-1896, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Jeypore, Amber, Delhi, Agra, Fatipur, Benares, Calcutta, Darjeeling and Madras. A few of the photos capture individuals participating in events such as the tiger hunt or the elephant ride but the majority of the photographs are of landscapes. Most of the photos are large (around 7x10 inches) and are of high artistic quality. Some of the photographs are labelled but most are not. The bookplate on the first page indicates the album was at least owned, and probably compiled, by Ernest Rudolph Gunther.
Cite as:
Ernest Rudolph Gunther photograph album of India, 1895-1896, Ms. Coll. 1164, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Ernest Rudolph Gunther (1862-1923) was a wealthy New Yorker of noble German descent. According to "America's Successful Men of Affairs" published by The New York Tribune in 1895, Ernest Rudolph Gunther was "a member of many of the most select clubs in New York and live[d] at No. 9 West 57th street. He [was] a clever conversationalist and extremely popular among club men and the people who comprise[d] what [was] known as the best society in New York. An invitation to one of the frequent musicales, given at his residence, [was] prized very highly by members of the New York smart set." United States Passports applications show that Gunther acquired a passport 1895.

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of a photograph album containing photographs of various regions of India. The cover lists the following dates and cities: 1895-1896, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Jeypore, Amber, Delhi, Agra, Fatipur, Benares, Calcutta, Darjeeling and Madras. A few of the photos capture individuals participating in events such as the tiger hunt or the elephant ride, but the majority of the photographs are of landscapes, city scenes and buildings of significance. There are a few photographs of native Indians in formal poses, including a military officer, a finely dressed woman, a man in a cart, and a man with a gun on a camel. The last few photos appear to be of people of Asian ethnicity, as opposed to Indian. Most of the photos are large (around 7x10 inches) and are of high artistic quality. Some of the photographs are labelled but most are not.

The bookplate on the first page indicates the album was at least owned, and probably compiled, by Ernest Rudolph Gunther. This appears to be memorabilia of an extravagant trip to India for pleasure and tourism.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 February 19

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Clémence Scouten

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • India--History--British occupation, 1765-1947--Photographs
  • India--Photographs
Subject(s)
  • Voyages and travels

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Collection Inventory

Volume

"India," photograph album, 1895-1896.

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