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Penn, Albert Thomas Watson, 1849-1924, photographer

Gender: Male
Active Dates: 1849 - 1924
Active Area: Asia (continent)
India (nation)
Tamil Nadu (state)
Udagamandalam (inhabited place)
Coonoor (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: Carmichael, Amy Wilson- (1907), 'Overweights of joy', London : Morgan and Scott. [Contains photographs by Penn].
Carmichael, Amy Wilson- (1910), 'Lotus buds'. London: Morgan and Scott. [All but two photographs by Penn].
Related Entries: None found.
Albert Thomas Watson Penn was born at Street, Wells on 30th March 1849. His first appearance in India appears to have been in around 1875, in which year he was advertising in Thacker's' Directory as a commercial photographer at Ootacamund (also known as Udagamandalam). He lived and had a studio at Cranley Cottage from 1880. In 1911 his business was styled 'Ootacamund Photo Establishment'. Apart from visits to Europe he continued in Ootacamund until circa 1913, in later years also running the Reliance Auction and Commission Agency and the Farrington (or Farington) Hotel. He is not recorded in later directories although he evidently remained in India after his retirement. He died of cerebral apoplexy at Coonor on 19th October 1924 and was buried there the following day in Tiger Hill Cemetery, All Saints Church (Madras burials: IOR/N/2/136 f. 212).
Sources: Madras burials: IOR/N/2/136 f.212.
St Catherine's House (index of births).
Thackers directories.

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