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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alfred Adams Mantell

Dates:  1830 - 1911, 22 August
Died:  England, Bath, Bathampton

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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Amateur, India
MRCS, 1852. MD, St Andrew’s, 1852. Indian Medical Service (Bengal), 1855; Surgeon Jan 1867; Surgeon-Major 1873; retired, Jan 1877.
Joined Photographic Society of Bengal in November 1856 (journal, no. 2, 21.1.1857); read paper on an unspecified process used by him to society 29 Oct 1856, and a latter on his printing process read out in Nov 1856; exhibited photographs at the Society's exhibition the following year: 12 views from collodion negatives of Balasore, 1 portrait of a native musician and 7 microscopic views of plant and animal specimens. Sent letter praising Thomas’ collodion (when fresh) to meeting of Mar 1857 (journal, no. 3).
Three photographs of temples at Sibsagor, Upper Assam, by Davies, and one view of the Tomb of Peerbaharam, Burdwan, by Dr. Mantell, enclosed in letter from P. Dickens, Officiciating Under Sectretary to the Government of Bengal, to A.P. Howell, Officiating Secretary to Government of India, dated 30 November 1868.[1]
‘Surgeon-Major A.A. Mantell, M.D., states that he made only one photograph for this Government of an old Mahomedan building called Peer Baharam, the negative of which he sent to the Maharajah of Burdwan’s palace; and that he has mislaid the list of photographs of Indian buildings and antiquities sent to him with this office letter No.3010, dated 8th October 1874.’[1]
Service Army List, Bengal Medical Vol. 2
Admitted to the service, arrived at Fort William, 30 June 1855 (G.O. 3 July 1855), did duty at the General Hospital. To do duty with the left wing of H.M.’s 35th Regiment in Fort William (G.O. 23 August 1855). Placed at the disposal of the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal (G.O. 5 October 1855) and appointed Civil Assistant Surgeon at Balasore (G.O. 11 October 1855). To afford medical aid to a detachment of the 53rd Native Infantry (G.O. 22 November 1855). Passed the colloquial examination in Hindustani (G.O. 10 January 1856). Leave for one month preparatory to furlough (G.O. 17 April 1858). Leave to Europe on S.C. for 15 months, new rules (G.O. 29 April 1858), commenced 6 May 1858. 

  1. Λ India Public Proceedings, 9 January 1869, IOR/P/434/15 p.165. 
  2. Λ Bengal Government, Financial Department (Science and Industry), Dec 1875, IOR/P/186. 

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