Waterfall, ceylon

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.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
photographic paper on paper
Common Name
waterfall, ceylon
Simple Name
Full Name
Rambodde [?Ramboda] Fall Ceylon
Mount length 271 mm; width 209 mm
Production Person Surname
Bourne and Shepherd
Production Person Initials
Photographic Studio
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901); Edwardian (1901-1914)
Production Date
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Jackson, Mr John Reader (from the collection of)
Collection Country
Sri Lanka
Collection Area Region
Indian Subcontinent
Collection Continent
Asia, Tropical

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