[ Felice Beato, photographer; Delhi ] Panorama of Delhi taken from the Jamma Masjid Mosque.

[BEATO, FELICE. 1832-1909.]
Publication details: 
[ Delhi, 1858 ]
SKU: 23061

Beato's notation, Dx1 to Dx8 inc. (number in bottom right corner of each one), 8 lightly albumenized prints joined, each c.10 x 12 inches, 1858, signs of age, edges sl. frayed, small loss to sky (Dx1, x2 & x3), corner(sky only) of Dx8 nearly detached without loss (easily repairable), some separation at one fold. See images of sections Dx5 & Dx6Provenance: Private Collection with a focus on the Indian Mutiny. Jim Masselos, in Beato's Delhi, p.[19]: This panorama is without question the most important of these photographs since it has ca[tured on film, views of many buildings which were to be destroyed between 1858 and 1860 as part of the military reorganization of Delhi, when all buildings within 500 yards of the fort were demolished. One victim was the beautiful Akbarabadi Mosque which can be seen in the photographs. | Beato's 'panorama' consisted of eight photographs which were pasted together. Masselos reproduces each of the eight photos (Googlebooks allows a view of six only) which lack the clarity of the images of our example. See images.Felice Beato started to make panoramas early in his career, and they became one of his specialties.... The panorama's large size and sweeping scope afforded the illusion of continuity in time and thus could convey a sense of narrative (Lacoste Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road pp 8-9). As in Lucknow (see below), Beato used the high vantage point of a minaret, this time at the Jamma Masjid, Delhi's principal mosque.

Note: Bonhams San Francisco (2012) sold a 9 (as opposed to this one's 8) section panorama, which was trimmed substantially more on the bottom than this, with loss of image.