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Shepherd, Charles, fl 1858-1878, photographer

Gender: Male
Active Dates: circa 1858 - circa 1878
Active Area: Asia (continent)
India (nation)
Maharashtra (state)
Salsette Island (island)
Bombay (inhabited place)
Uttar Pradesh (state)
West Bengal (state)
Calcutta (inhabited place)
Allahabad (inhabited place)
Agra (inhabited place)
Himachal Pradesh (state)
Simla (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: Cole, Henry Hardy (1872), 'The architecture of ancient Delhi', London: Arundel Society for promoting the knowledge of art. (Some of Shepherd's photographs were used to illustrate this book).
Related Entries: Shepherd and Robertson
Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912, photographer
Bourne and Shepherd
Charles Shepherd was a talented photographer. He first came to notice as a commercial photographer around 1858. The firm of Shepherd and Robertson appears to have started trading in Agra in about 1862, moving to Simla in 1864. At around this time the partnership of Howard, Bourne and Shepherd was formed in Allahabad, but soon moved to Simla, and presumably the firm of Shepherd and Robertson was then dissolved. It is likely that the stock of Shepherd and Robertson was absorbed by Bourne and Shepherd since prints signed by Shepherd and Robertson certainly later appear in the Bourne and Shepherd catalogue. The firm of Howard, Bourne and Shepherd is listed in Thacker's directory for the years 1865-68. In 1870 Bourne and Shepherd were operating from Simla and Calcutta and a Bombay branch was opened in about 1876. This was operated by Charles Shepherd until his departure from India around 1878. Over and above his work for Bourne and Shepherd, Charles Shepherd's best known photographic work was the woodburytypes and autotypes used to illustrate Cole's 'The architecture of ancient Delhi' (1872). By the time of Shepherd's departure the firm had established its pre-eminence in the sub-continent.
Sources: Falconer, John (2001), 'India: pioneering photographers 1850-1900', London: The British Library.

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