View of a club house in Calcutta - 2016.66.8.59_1


View of a club house in Calcutta

Maker: John Edward Saché (29 December 1824-1882)
Geography: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Date: 1858-1879
23.6 x 28.8 cm
Object number: 2016.66.8.59
Credit Line: Gift of David Strachey
Not on view

This is a photograph of a club house in Calcutta. This photograph appears in an album of photographs, official documents, and letters. This photograph appears in an album of photographs, official documents, and letters. It is associated with Clement Williams.

Dr. Clement Williams (28 December 1833 – 26 June 1879) arrived in Burma in 1858 as an assistant surgeon with the 68th Light Infantry. After mastering the Burmese language, he settled in Mandalay by mid-1861 and gained the confidence of King Mindon. In 1863, he was appointed Britain’s first political agent in Upper Burma. That same year he led an expedition up the Irrawaddy River to Bhamo, later publishing an account of his travels, Through Burma to Western China. After quitting the army in 1865, he worked briefly for the newly established Irrawaddy Flotilla Company before going into business for himself as a buying agent for the king. In 1879, en route between Burma to England, Williams died of typhoid outside Florence. Like many doctors familiar with working with chemicals. Clement Williams was an early amateur photographer, as recounted in his book. Until 2017, however, there were no images positively attributed to him. Thanks to gifts from his nephew, Louis Allan Goss (1846-1933), and Goss’s heirs, they now are in the collections of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge, UK, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Note: there's something odd about this photograph- it has major silver mirroring, and kind of looks like a gelatin silver, but it should be too early for that!

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