Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905)

Pavilion in Agra Fort, by Deen Dayal (1844-1905), in View of India album, c. 1886-1887, albument print, 2004.31.1.3. This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.

This project analyses the photographic work of Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905), arguably one of the most well-known and prolific photographers in 19th-century India, and his studios in Indore, Hyderabad, and Bombay as a way to gain insight into the dynamics of colonialism, nationalism, and modernity during a particularly transformative period in South Asia’s history. Field work consisted of examination of museum collections, archival research and interviews with his descendents. This project was carried out with art historian Deborah Hutton. It has resulted in a major book (in press) and a ROM exhibit (TBD).

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Authored by: Deepali Dewan

Authored by: Deepali Dewan