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

Commercial, India
1863-4 Teacher of Drawing and Engraving, School of Industrial Arts, Calcutta
1865-8 Headmaster, Government School of Arts, 126 Bow Bazar Street, Calcutta
1869 5 Chowringhee, Calcutta, no profession given.
1870-2 Not listed
1873 Assistant to Westfield and Co., Photographers, 3 Waterloo Street, Calcutta
1874-6 Photographic Artist, 3 Waterloo Street, Calcutta
1877 Garrick and Brigden, Photographers, 3 Waterloo Street, Calcutta
1878 Photographer, 1 Cooper’s Lane, Calcutta; with Mrs Garrick operating a zenana studio from the same address
1879 Officiating Principal, School of Industrial Arts, Lahore and Officiating Curator, Lahore Central Museum
1880 Officiating Principal, School of Industrial Arts, Lahore
Report in Friend of India on Bengal Photographic Society Exhibition of 1862,[1] praises Mr Garrick's photographs of students at the School of Art:
‘...the portraits of students in the School of Industrial Arts. For the last we are indebted to Mr Garrick, and it was a happy thought thus to put us in mind, at an exposition of pictures, that we have a School of Arts in this city. We see in Mr Garrick's portraits the native students surrounded by and drawing from the time-honored and beautiful busts and casts derived from the schools of Greece and Rome, and seemingly taught after the examples of our own schools which must be scarcely intelligible to them. Grouped all round these portraits are the truthful products of Photography - absolute nature and the nature of their own country. What better study could be found for the drafts-man's school than...’ [lists some other exhibits].
Garrick was selected as the photographer for the government-sponsored project to take casts of and photograph architectural remains in Orissa:
‘...I beg leave to make the following recommendation, namely, that Mr David Garrick, the Head Master of the School of Art, be appointed photographer to our undertaking for this first season for the sum set down in the estimate. Mr Garrick has for many years devoted his attention to photography, following it professionally in such portions of his time as are not taken up by his duties in this school, and indeed it is his intention to devote himself altogether to it as a profession at the end of this year, having with this view already given notice of his desire to relinquish his post here at the close of the present year. Mr Garrick has a very valuable and complete set of apparatus, and, in my opinion, is well qualified for the work which we require. He would use a Dalloneyer’s [?Dallmeyer’s] triplet lens in the field, taking pictures 10x8, which is an extremely good size for our purpose, but beyond this he has a very valuable 10 inch lens (Ross) by which he can execute copying very successfully, so that in the event of any portion of a view of a building, or any of its details, being wanted larger than given in the picture taken on the spot, such enlargement can be made here. Mr Garrick is willing to to take as many views as may be required for one set of buildings, together with such anlargements of portions (if required) for the sum set down in the estimate, namely, Rupees 1,000. This of course does include travelling expenses. I think this arrangement would be much more advantageous to us than any which we can have any hope of making with an outside photographer...’ [2]
D. Garrick joined Bengal Photographic Society, Jun 1862.[3] 

  1. Λ Reprinted in Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol 1, no. 2, 1 Sep 1862, p.45. 
  2. Λ Letter from H.H. Locke, Principal of the Government School of Art, dated 22 August 1868, Bengal General Proceedings, no.31 of September 1868. 
  3. Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol.1, no.2, 1 Sep 1862. 

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