Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860

September 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

West Building Ground Floor

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Quarterdeck of HMS “Impregnable,” 1852–1854,
albumen print,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, William and Sarah Walton Fund, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund, and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel, 2010

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Madura: The Vygay River, with Causeway, across to Madura, January–February 1858, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel, 2006

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Pugahm Myo: Carved Doorway in Courtyard of Shwe Zeegong Pagoda, August 20-24 or October 23, 1855,
albumen print,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund, 2012

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    Linnaeus Tripe, 
Amerapoora: South Ditch of the City Wall, September 1-October 21, 1855, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Edward J. Lenkin Fund, 2012

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Amerapoora: Ouk Kyoung, September 1-October 21, 1855, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Edward J. Lenkin Fund, 2012

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Rangoon: View near the Lake, November 1855,
albumen print,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund, 2012

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Amerapoora: Wooden Bridge, September 1–October 21, 1855,
albumen print, Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, and Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2012, © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Amerapoora: Shwe-doung-dyk Pagoda, September 1-October 21, 1855, albumen print, Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, and Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2012, © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Pugahm Myo: Gauda-palen Pagoda, August 20–24, 1855, albumen print, The British Library, London

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    Linnaeus Tripe,
Seeringham: Great Pagoda, Munduppum inside Gateway, January 1858, albumen print,
The British Library, London

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Beekinpully: Permaul’s Swing at Mariammah Covil, December 1857–January, 1858, waxed paper negative, The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Amerapoora: Colossal Statue of Gautama Close to the North End of the Wooden Bridge, September 1–October 21, 1855,
albumen print,
Collection of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

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    Linnaeus Tripe, Beekinpully: Permaul’s Swing at Mariammah Covil, December 1857–January, 1858, albumen print,
Collection of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

In the first major traveling exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902), some 60 works will include early pictures he took in England as well as the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. Introduced to photography by those who saw it as a pastime, he recognized that it could be an effective tool for conveying information about unknown cultures. Under the auspices of the East India Company, he took many photographs of archaeological sites and monuments, ancient and contemporary religious and secular buildings, as well as geological formations and landscape vistas not seen before in the West. His military training gave his work a striking aesthetic and formal rigor and helped him achieve remarkably consistent results, despite the challenges that India’s heat and humidity posed to photographic chemistry.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sponsors: This exhibition is made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

It is also supported by the Trellis Fund.

Additional funding is kindly provided by Edward Lenkin and Roselin Atzwanger.

Other Venues: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 24–May 25, 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, June 23–October 11, 2015

Image: Linnaeus Tripe, Madura: The Vygay River with Causeway, across to Madura, January–February 1858, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel

Captain Linnaeus Tripe Exhibition Catalog

Exhibition Catalog
Captain Linnaeus Tripe
Roger Taylor, Crispin Branfoot with contributions from Sarah Greenough and Malcolm Daniel