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

September 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Location TBA

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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 exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902), some 60 works will present his evolution from an amateur to a highly skilled professional, who created some of the first photographs of important cultural and geographic sites in India and Burma (now Myanmar). Photographs from his three main bodies of work in the 1850s—from official expeditions to Burma and southeast India—will reveal the elements for Tripe’s artistic success: military training and the ability to retouch his negatives convincingly to create compelling compositions. Tripe was a photographer with the eye of a surveyor and the sensibilities of an artist, a telling combination that sets him apart from others of the period.

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

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–March 1858, salted paper print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel