Linnaeus Tripe photographs

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  • Creator

    Tripe, Linnaeus
  • Dates

    circa 1856-1858
  • Physical Description

    3 Prints (albumenized salt paper, images 25 x 37 cm. or smaller, mounted 44 x 57 or smaller.)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of three photographs: I. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 22 x 28 cm., circa 1858, on original mount, 33 x 45 cm. Depicts a piece of sculpture from the Great Stupa at Amaravati; these sculptures were then known as the Elliot marbles. II. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 18 x 29 cm., circa 1858, on original mount, 34 x 46 cm. Depicts an Indian sculpture with a measuring device. III. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 25 x 37 cm., circa 1856, on original mount, 44 x 57 cm. Depicts the idgah and tomb at Ryakotta (Rayakottai).
  • Biographical / Historical

    Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was an official photographer for the British Government, employed to document Southern Indian archaeological remains before they further decayed. He photographed widely in southern India, including Rayakottai (Ryakotta), which was then a British stronghold. Around 1858 Tripe took this image of sculptures from the ruined Buddhist stupa at Amaravati, which was a large monument built approximately 2000 years ago in what is now Andhra Pradesh. The stupa was a mound-like structure made of brick, adorned with bas-relief medallions, paneled friezes made of limestone and freestanding sculpture. As time passed, the stupa fell into disrepair and was eventually buried under rubble. Eventually, the structure was excavated and some of the decorative elements were shipped to the British Museum, London. These pieces were referred to as the 'Elliot marbles' after Walter Elliot, the antiquarian, linguist and member of the Madras Council who recovered them.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2001.10
  • Creator

    Tripe, Linnaeus
  • Place

    India -- Andhra Pradesh -- Amaravati
  • Topic

    Tombs -- India
    Buddhist sculpture -- India -- Amaravati
    Amaravati (India) -- Antiquities
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro, 2001.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Salted paper prints
  • Citation

    Linnaeus Tripe photographs, FSA A2001.10. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    One flat box.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Salted paper prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013