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Several years ago, my family acquired a large number of stamped and hand described photos, glass negatives and positives by the famous Indian photographer Raja Lala Deen Dayal. He was appointed by the English monarchy to be the court photographer in the late 1800s. While the photographs of Raja Deen Dayal are remarkably superior in technology, in terms of their accurate reproduction, the perception of the photographer is also to be highly commended.  On the one hand he pleased the rulers by photographing them.  On the other, he did not miss the common touch.  Some of his shots of buildings and temples speak for the fact that Deen Dayal had a keen eye, not missing on minor details. We are looking to donate at least a part of these eclectic items to the right place for posterity to enjoy. Several institutions have expressed interest.

The photos above were shot on an old Palm Pilot camera. If anyone is interested in seeing more of the collection, I will take better pictures of what ever in the list they would like to see.

Here is a partial list of the photographs. As can be seen by the list of part of the collection, this is a great responsibility to figure out what to do with them.

The photos are in mostly excellent to a few just good condition on Albumim paper.
All are stamped with various Lala Deen Dayal stamps
They are hand described in pencil (very posibly Lala Deen's writing) on the back as best as we can decipher and numbered below .
They are 20x27 cm
They range in colors of tans, browns, grays and blacks. The collection is loose.

Folder 1 1-50
cut 1 Dewani Aw -aw- in the fort Delhi India 1947

cut 2 The Tahori Gate -Delhi fort 1951

cut 7 Kashmere gate 1975

cut 23 Reversing rail road station city in Hhandali 5771

cut 25 Four women grinding flour #25

cut 27 This is the Taj Mahel from the river bank showing bathing Agra 4309

cut 29 Sacred stone - Bulls Bulls on Nadis with ornamental (5323) 3781

cut 30 Saresphahagus inside Nie Taj Agra 3413

cut 47 Shah Najuf Mausoleum of the first King of ___ Lucknow 3989

cut 50 Hoosuiuaba of gate Lucknow 3998

Folder 2 50-87
cut 51 Model- of siege of Lucknow 4613

cut 87 A private residence in Lucknow

cut 84 Jain Mythology Carvings in ceilings of the Dilwara temple Mt. Abu 1197

Folder 3 100-120
cut 101 City View Apiri? 1734

cut 102 city view 1734

cut 103 View on Sun Provisin 1309

cut 108 The Ceubloph of Neaharaji Ssawaifoy Surph Jeyhous 1791

cut 109 Details of Pillars 1793

cut 110 Elephant Carvings 1795

cut 115 "glass palace" 1766

cut 117 Marble carved doorway Temple Ambor 1787

cut 119 Ulmar 1843
folder 4 120-130

cut 121 ulmar 1853

cut 122 Old Palace in the Fort 1890

cut 124 The water palace called "Gopal Bhawan" Deig

cut 125 Interior of Audunier Hall 125 1905

cut 126 The Sruvf fort 1916

cut 128 Main entrance to Lake fort 1304

cut 129 outer court yard 1311

folder 5 130-144

cut 130 Man Mander Gwalior 1318

cut 132 Leli mandar m Farakkir Fort 1339

cut 133 The great Sas Bahu Temple Frodeir 1324

cut 134 Interior of the Lass Baker Temple Pavalir 1331

cut 135 Inside Doorway Sas BaBahu Templ Lwalus 1326

cut 136 main Ceiling Baliu Temple 3512

cut 137 Tomb of In ohawied Lham Frualio 1302

cut 139 Palace 3516

cut 140 Busirig Deus Palace Dotlea 1356

cut 144 Jain Temples Loneger Front of 1364

Folder 6 150-159
cut 150 The great temple from the Fort Orcha 3484

cut 151 Mausoleum of Bandela 3487

cut 152 The fort from Lake Burma Lazer 1408

cut 156 The Marharajas new palace in Chutlaph 2682-1430

cut 157 City Temple Byawai 1435

cut 158 Maharajas new temple Punno 1513
Folder 7 160- 169

cut 160 Waswaucth Tempe Imapaha 1446

cut 161 Jaim Temple Khajraha

cut 164 Jaim Temples at Khajraha 1474

cut 165 Ancient Gate Rewah 1516

cut 168 Waterfall Chuehai 13.Au.86

cut 169 The Nioi Neahal 3036

Folder 8 170-199

cut 170 The Sanchi Tope from the North General View 3001

cut 171 Full View of Sanchi Iofe (Bhopl district) 3002

cut 178 Small gate way front view 3014(236)

cut 176 Northern gate rear view Sansha 3010

cut 179 Pillar of details of east gate Sanchi Temple 1501

cut 181 Details of the west gate Sanchi The Tope 33012

cut 182 The sacred Flats and Temple of Marihata 1614

cut 185 Street View ? 1936

cut 197 3685

cut 199 Street scene India 3769

Folder 10 200-219
cut 200 James Bazar with Flock Tower 3733

cut 201 Lolconda Fort rear view 3626

cut 204 Bulls or Nadias with ornamental carvings side view 3781

cut 206 Side doorway carvings Hamemkkunda 3709

cut 211 3824

cut 214 East scarp of the renowned fortress Dowlutahad 3837

cut 216 mountain cave home 3843

cut 217 Elephants cave Bombay 3846

cut 219 Kailas Temple 3848

Folder 11 220- 229

cut 220 Interior of Joovaar hi Jhorpri 3850

cut 221 Exterior of Rameshwar Cave Ellora 3857

cut 222 Exterior of Cave no 1 Spirla 3868

cut 224 Exterior Cave 19 Ajunta 3824

cut 225 Interior of cave No 21 Ajunta Hyderabad Deccan 3875

cut 228 Entrance of Carlee Caves 5177

cut 226 Rang Mahal on Kailasa Cave 5087

cut 227 Jin jhal Cave 5700

Folder 12 230-240

cut 230 Tombs Holcomda 6882

cut 233 God gun of Bedd Fort 5442

cut 237 Peitt Street Alwar 51142

There are eight early hand made glass negatives approximately 4’6’ These are of Shahs, their wives. There are positives of a family described as “the hairy family” and Shamans etc. They are done in a gold tone.
There are between 45 and 70 glass positives of many people including workers to princes. There are also tombs, shrines, estates etc.

Another group of photos are 13x9 cm in size .
cut 10 Mahadeo Temple Sauchi 410
cut 90 Nu Raj ferh Palace Dwllia 380
cut 92 Genl:View of hill Temple sonagri 1360
cut 104 Parsanalh Sculpture Khajsoha 1481
cut 117 Jama Mairjiv-Maudu335
cut 118 Mausoleum of Hashi eugtha Maudan 337
cut 98 Jasmanalh Temple Khajrahe 1449
cut 105 Wamana Temple Khapraha1493
cut 110 The New Taj Mahal Bhohal 3035
cut 119 Jehaz Mahal front view Maudu 335
cut 126 dralzif in afreta wasanfal 3783
cut 129 Fort View Sulhierfa 3903
cut 136 High Rock Cul fuer & Truck Dorlulaba 3097
cut 137 Sarcophagus of Auraegehad Ragah 3893
cut 138 front view of Jerab of Nerwlana Zarzari Zarherksh-Razah 3098
cut 140 Exterior view of Tinjall Cave Ragah 3887
cut 141 Interior of Soofar ouipei Rozah 3888
cut 142 Dertas Wedding Scene in Dhumar Leria Cave Ellora 3009
cut 143 Mahadro & Parkutti in Dhernar Lerra Cave Elloro 3890
cut 144 Figures in Kailas Rock hewn Temple Ragul Ellura 3890 1/2
cut 159 Maharajas Temple 408


  1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    If it were up to me, I would love to see the entire collection. You might even consider doing a book at some point. Thanks for sharing.

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