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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Edward Ravenshaw

Dates:  1827 - ?

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

Amateur, India
Son of John Hurdis Ravenshaw, Bombay Civil Service, and Rose Melly Ravenshaw, of Paragon Buildings, Bath; baptised, St Michael’s, Bath, 1Aug 1827; Haileybury, 1846. Commissioner of Orissa.
Officiating Commissioner at Cuttack in September 1865, and offers to photograph the cave temple at Khandgiri by magnesium light.[1]
Photographs praised at the 1864 exhibition of the Bengal Photographic Society:
‘Mr T.H. Ravenshaw’s photograph The Ape’s Causeway No. 560, is a fine, picture of a well chosen subject, shewing much merit in the treatment; the print would have been all the better for cutting off nearly an inch at bottom. Sunshine and Shade makes a good picture, but there is too much shade and not enough sunshine. A Ramble in the Woods, No. 562, is a pretty photograph. The Jungle Tank Malda, is quite a beautiful picture and very suggestive. The Archway to Mujid Malda, No. 571, supplies an excellent bit, rather bald at the top, but with light and shade admirably disposed and a sweet peep through a dark archway. The next picture of The Jumma Musjid Maldah is an artistic subject, well chosen and photographed. We shall be glad to watch the progress of so artistic a photographer.’[2]
[Biographical notes on Ravenshaw in Beames, Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian. IOR/J/1/71 ff.182-194] 

  1. Λ Bengal, General proceedings, October 1865, IOR/P/15/28, nos. 68-9. 
  2. Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. II, no. 7, March 1864, p. 80. 

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