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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James George Neill

Dates:  1810 - 1857
Active:  India

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Approved biography for James George Neill
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Neill was a cousin of the photographer Andrew Neill. He was born in Ayrshire, and after a brief education in Glasgow he went to India and joined the Madras Fusiliers, rising rapidly through the ranks. In spite of poor health, he served in the Crimea. Little is presently known of his photography beyond his two waxed-paper views of the Hindu temple at Mysore (Karnataka) shown at the 1856 Photographic Society of Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh. The views may have been some of his last and were contributed not by Neill but by John McCosh, a surgeon in the Indian service and himself an early calotypist. Neill became a brigadier general, “the pride and idol of the Army.” He fell in battle during the relief mission to Lucknow on September 25, 1857. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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