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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Claude White

Dates:  1853, 1 October - 1918, 19 February
Born:  India, Calcutta (now Kolkata)
Died:  Bareilly
Active:  Bhutan / Sikkim / Tibet / Nepal
Colonial administrator for the British Raj in India who traveled extensively in the Himalayas taking glass plates as he went. For twenty-one years he was stationed in Gangtok, Sikkim as the first British political officer overseeing the British interests in the states of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet.

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John Claude White 
1908 (ca, or earlier)
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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Amateur, India
Son of John White (1820-1871), Indian Medical Service 1847-71, Assistant Surgeon, 13th Irregular Cavalry, and Louisa Henrietta. Baptised at Bareilly 8 Mar 1854; educated Rugby (left 1868), Bonn, Cooper’s Hill College 1874.
Entered Indian Public Works Department, Bengal, as Assistant Engineer 17 Nov 1876; temporarily employed on Bihar/Assam Railway 1884; Executive Engineer Aug 1887; posted to Sikkim as Political Officer Jun 1889; Executive Engineer, Sikkim Apr 1890; accompanied Theodore Hoffmann of the photographers Johnston and Hoffmann (qv) on an expedition to the north-eastern base of Kinchenjunga in June 1891;[1] accompanied Younghusband Mission to Tibet 1903-04; Political Agent for Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibetan Affairs 1905-08. Made an important photographic documentation of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet from 1890s-1900s. His photographs of Tibet were published by Johnston and Hoffmann as a two volume work of photogravures entitled Tibet and Lhasa (Calcutta, 1906).
Author of Sikhim and Bhutan, Experiences of Twenty Years on the North-East Frontier of India (1909); Castles in the Air. Experiences and Journeys in Unknown Bhutan (The National Geographic Magazine, vol. 25, no. 4, April 1914, pp. 365-455); Nepal: A Little-Known Kingdom (The National Geographic Magazine, vol. 38, no. 4, October 1920, pp. 245-283); Journeys in Bhutan (Geographical Journal, vol. 35, no. 1910, pp. 18-41), Arts and Crafts of Tibet and the Eastern Himalayas (Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, vol. 58, 1910, pp. 583-594), Short Description of Sikhim, Lhasa, and part of Tibet (Journal of the East Indian Association, vol. 4, 1913, pp. 170-180) 

  1. Λ Exploration in Sikkim: to the North-East of Kinchinjinga (RGS JOURNAL: DATE?) 

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