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

Commercial, India
Recorded as a schoolmaster (Hornby Road Academy) in Bombay in 1850. Mrs Hinton taught at the Young Ladies Seminary. Taking daguerreotypes in the mid-1850s and in 1856 he showed daguerreotypes and prints from waxed paper negatives to the Bombay Photographic Society.[1] By 1858 he had become a ‘schoolmaster and photographer’ and remained a professional photographer into the 1870s. Original photographs by Hinton appear in the Indian amateurs' photographic album (1857) and 19 albumen prints are pasted into his The ruins of Beejapoor in a series on nineteen views from collodion negatives (Bombay, 1860).
Henry Hinton, Photographer, Byculla, Bombay, 1856, (Bombay Times Calendar and Almanac).
H. Hinton, photographer, Byculla, Bombay, 1859-63 (Bombay Times Calendar and Almanac).
H. Hinton, photographer, Parell Road, Byculla, Bombay, 1864-70 (The Times of India Calendar and Directory).
H. Hinton, photographer, Gowalla Tank Road, Bombay, 1871-72 (The Times of India Calendar and Directory). Not in residents list 1873.
(?Initials also given in one (unidentified) source as J.G. Henry Hinton)
He was also evidently employed to photograph the Fort at Bombay prior to its destruction, since in July 1864 a bill from him for Rs. 172 was passed, ‘for copies of the photographic views of the late fortifications of Bombay.’[2]
‘Letter from Mr. H. Hinton, dated 27th July 1866 - Soliciting the patronage of Government to his publications of a new series of photographic views of the Cave Temples of Elora, and the remains of the Mahomedan Architecture at Aurungabad.
Letter from the Honorary Secretary to the Committee of Architectural Antiquities of Western India, dated 18th April 1867 - Stating, in reply to a reference made in respect to the above letter, that the Committee are not in a position at present to undertake any further work on their own account, but that they would recommend Government to extend their patronage to the work by purchasing copies of it for presentation to gentlemen following antiquarian researches, and to some of the Native Chiefs.
Letter from Mr. H. Hinton, dated 30th April 1867 - Submitting, for inspection, his specimen Portfolios of the Cave Temples of Ellora, and of the Mahomedan Architecture of Aurungabad, and stating that the price of the whole series of Elora mounted and placed on neatly bound Portfolio is 125 Rupees, and that of Aurungabad similarly bound and placed 25 Rupees.
RESOLUTION. - Government will subscribe for seven copies of each series.’ [3]
No. 16 of 4 January. Letter from H. Hinton, dated 23 December 1867: ‘Forwarding seven copies each of his two publications, namely, the ‘Cave Temples of Elora and Aurungabad,’ as subscribed for by Government, together with a bill for cost of the same, amounting to Rupees 1,050.’
RESOLUTION. - The bill to be paid.[4] 

  1. Λ Journal of the Bombay photographic society, Feb/Jun 1856. 
  2. Λ Bombay Public Works Department proceedings, 1300 of 16 July 1864. IOR/P/353/52. 
  3. Λ Bombay Public Proceedings, May 1867, IOR/P/441/50 No. 444. 
  4. Λ Bombay Public Proceedings, January 1868, IOR/P/441/51 No. 10. 

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