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Joint: Bourne & Shepherd 
Joint: Howard, Bourne and Shepherd 
Joint: Shepherd & Robertson 
Active:  India
English photographer active in India in the mid-to-late 19th century. He worked in a series of partnerships "Shepherd & Robertson", "Howard, Bourne & Shepherd" and finally "Bourne & Shepherd" before leaving India in around 1879. The company "Bourne & Shepherd" still operates in Calcutta. Autotypes and Woodburytypes by Shepherd were used to illustrate Henry Hardy Cole (1872), "The architecture of ancient Delhi", London: Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art.

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India
In partnership of Shepherd and Robertson at Agra, 1862 and Simla, 1863; Shepherd joined Samuel Bourne in the firm of Howard, Bourne and Shepherd from 1863-5, and Bourne and Shepherd from 1865. Shepherd returned to England in about 1878.
A number of studies by Shepherd and Robertson were used in The People of India (London, 8 vols, 1868-75), and in 1862 they were specially commissioned to go to Bharatpur to take the portraits which appears as plates 343-53 in vol. 7 of the work:
'I have the honor to report, for your information, that I have this day despatched by Banghy Dak a set of photographic pictures of the tribes noted in the margin [titles correspond to prints 343-354], which have been executed by Messrs. Shepherd and Robertson, Photographic Artists of Agra. There are 20 copies of each print, or 200 in all, and Messrs. Shepherd and Robertson's bill for the same is Rupees 1,200, being Rupees 20 for each negative and 5 for each copy.
2. The pictures were taken at Bhurtpore, and I took the opportunity of having a picture taken of the young Maharajah sitting in Durbar with his chiefs around him [plate 353]. I have taken the liberty of enclosing with the other groups a couple of copies of this picture; should the Exhibition Committee approve of the same, and desire to have more copies, I can procure them from the Photographic Artists at the cost of Rupees 5 per each copy.
3. I have sent the pictures to you direct in order to save time, and because I am not aware whether the Exhibition Committee in Calcutta is still sitting or not. The delay in procuring these pictures for Government is owing to the great difficulty I have had in obtaining the services of a photographer. I had at first wished to have the likenesses taken by an amateur, but, finding that impossible, I was obliged to employ a professional. The pictures are, I consider, very good indeed, and I trust will meet with the approval of His Excellency the Governor General in Council.
[There then follow descriptive notes for each image.][1]

  1. Λ Lieutenant C.K.M. Walter, Officiating Political Agent of Bhurtpore, to Colonel H.M. Durand, Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department, No. 11-43, dated Camp Agra, 16 May 1862. India Foreign Proceedings (General), June 1862, No. 5, IOR/P/205/10. 

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