This albumen print on photographic paper is part of a collection of 44 photographs once belonging to John Reader Jackson (1837-1920) who was a curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, museum. Most of the collection depicts different kinds of trees and were probably used for teaching, research and to record his travels. Many images are also of artistic merit.
This photograph is by ‘Bourne & Shepherd’ studios. Born in Staffordshire, 1834, Samuel Bourne’s photographic activities began as a hobby. However he quickly established himself as an accomplished landscape photographer. In 1863 Samuel Bourne travelled to India. He remained there for seven years, embarking on three successive photographic expeditions to the Himalayas. He co-founded the ‘Bourne & Shepherd’ studios with Charles Shepherd. By the time he left India he had produced over 25,000 photographs. The studios became one of India’s most successful commercial studios in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.