Dane Collection: 'Photographs of Lord Curzon's tour in the Persian Gulf, November, 1903'.

Photo 49/1

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The record is made up of 25 b&w silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. prints, bound into a green, cloth album. It was created in Nov 1903. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Genre/Subject Matter:

The album contains topographical views and photographs recording the tour of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. by the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, undertaken to uphold British interests in the region. The prints are firmly mounted on embrittled card pages, which are disintegrating at the edges. Each print is captioned in ink and dates from 1903.

The album is one of two forming the ‘Dane Collection’, which was presented in 1946 by Miss Dane, daughter of Sir Louis William Dane (1856–1946), Foreign Secretary to the Government of India at the time of Curzon’s tour. The front endpaper bears the signature ‘Louis Dane’ and a title page elaborately inscribed as above.

There is a strong likelihood that the photographs in the album were taken by Raja Deen Dayal & Sons (Lala Deen Dayal), since John Lorimer (1870–1914) cites him as photographer of Photo 49/1/20, reproduced in his 1908 Gazeteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Oman and Central Arabia, a work which drew on information gathered during Curzon’s 1903 tour. Deen Dayal had been appointed as the official photographer to the Viceroy of India in 1885.

Elements:

1) Lord and Lady Curzon and staff on the tour [of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ]

2) R.I.M.S. Hardinge accompanying ships of the Royal East Indian Squadron

3) General view from R.I.M.S. Hardinge , Maskat.

4) General view showing Inlet and Fort, Maskat.

5) End of Hill showing Fort on Left, Maskat.

6) Lord Curzon going to Address Hall, Maskat.

7) Durbar on board R.I.M.S. Argonaut , Shergah.

8) General view from R.I.M.S. Hardinge , Lingah.

9) Falk-al-asad Inlet, Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

10) Khor-Kawi Passage [ Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ].

11) Panoramic View of Hills, Elphinstone Inlet [ Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ].

12) Exterior of Fort, Hormuz, showing mouldering walls.

13) View from Old Fort, Hormuz.

14) General View, Hormuz.

15) Distant View of Hormuz.

16) Landing at foot of Salt Hills [Hormuz].

17) Salt Rocks and River [Hormuz].

18) Artist at Work, Kishim.

19) Bodyguard of Mailed Sowars, Koweit.

20) Camel Guard-of-Honour, Koweit.

21) The Shaikh waiting, Koweit.

22) Landing at Koweit.

23) A Few Words of Welcome, Koweit.

24) Bushire Coast Line.

25) Lord Curzon and Staff on R.I.M.S. Lawrence .

Inscriptions

Throughout the album captions and title page are hand-lettered in black ink. Further notations in pencil have been added later by cataloguers and album owner alike.

Extent and format
25 b&w silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. prints, bound into a green, cloth album
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Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

Album (old cover): 318 x 425 x 37 mm

Format:

Green cloth album containing twenty-five silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. photographic prints pasted into volume.

Materials:

Paper, black ink, silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. prints.

Condition:

The images have been disbound and placed inside clear plastic. Each page is heavily foxed and brittle, however, the photographs are in fine condition.

Foliation:

The images have been numbered 1–25 alongside each image in pencil.

Process:

Silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. prints

Binding:

The album is bound in green cloth, which is heavily scuffed along the spine, particularly at the upper spine. The binding also features linen joints and hand-stitching.

Written in
English in Latin script
Type
Photograph

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Original held at
British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
Photo 49/1

History of this record

Date(s)
Nov 1903 (CE, Gregorian)

Related material

Related primary sources
John Gordon Lorimer, ‘Appendix P: Cruise of His Excellency Lord Curzon, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, in the Persian Gulf’ in

John Gordon Lorimer, ‘Appendix P: Cruise of His Excellency Lord Curzon, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, in the Persian Gulf’ in

, Vol. I Historical Part II, (Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing, India, 1915), pp. 2626–2662

, Vol. I Historical Part II, (Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing, India, 1915), pp. 2626–2662

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Dane Collection: 'Photographs of Lord Curzon's tour in the Persian Gulf, November, 1903'., British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Photo 49/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023282009.0x000001> [accessed 20 March 2019]

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