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HomeContents > People > Photographers > George Tosco Peppé

Dates:  1848, 16 July - 1893, 21 August
Born:  Scotland, Aberdeen
Died:  India, Ranchi

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

Amateur, India
Son of George Tosco Peppé (1820-1864) and Isabel, née Ewing (she died in childbirth in 1848); grandson of George Peppé (c.1767-1837), Baptist Minister, and Janet, née Thomson (c.1796-1864). He was brought up by his grandfather and sent to sea aet.12 with his uncle Captain John Pye. Educated Chanonry House School, Aberdeen; sent out to his uncle Thomas Fraser Peppé (qv) in India in 1866. employed in indigo, tea and estate management with Court of Wards; married 26 Dec 1877, at Hazarebagh, Alice Grace (daughter of G.T.S. Johnson of the Survey Department) by whom he had three children. He was manager of the Raja of Chota Nagpur’s estates at the time of his death from meningitis. He is buried at Ranchi. He was sent by Colonel Edward Tuite Dalton to Keonjhar to photograph Juang tribesmen; several of these photographs were reproduced as lithographs in Dalton’s Descriptive Ethnology of Bengal (Calcutta, 1872). ‘Col Dalton sent Tosco on a photographic expedition to take portraits of some of the wild tribes living far away to the south in Keonjin in Cuttack, who wear nothing but leaves instead of clothes and Dalton wants photos for illustrating his book’ (letter from T.F. Peppé to William Peppé).
[Family information; Dalton; IOR/N/1/232/f.130] 

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