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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Barclay Woodham Moravia

Other: Charles Moravia 
Dates:  1821 (ca) ? - 1859, 30 April
Active:  India

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Approved biography for Charles Barclay Woodham Moravia
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Frustratingly little is known about Moravia, an executive engineer with the British Army in India. He was involved in the demolition of dangerously damaged buildings in Delhi after the 1857 mutiny, the very threat that motivated fellow photographer Harriet Tytler to try to preserve the scene through a painted panorama. Moravia photographed in Delhi, using waxed-paper negatives in 1858. Nothing further is known of his photography. In 1859 he was appointed principal of the Engineering School in Lahore but succumbed to smallpox shortly after he arrived. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India
Executive Engineer; responsible for the demolition of buildings in Delhi after the Mutiny; Principal of the Engineering School, Lahore, 1859. Cause of death variola (ie Smallpox), and buried at Sialkot, 30.4.1859.[1] His will makes his widow Marian Albina sole beneficiary.[2]
Photographed architectural scenes in Delhi in 1858. Albumen prints from waxed paper negatives signed ‘Ch. Moravia 1858’ seen in private collection. A number of views by Moravia were included in album sold at Dominic Winter, Swindon, by auction, 17 June 1999. 

  1. Λ IOR/N/1/95 f.137. 
  2. Λ IOR/L/AG/34/29/100. 

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