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

Amateur, India
Bengal Education Service, 1844-c.73 (on furlough from January 1873: did he return?). Principal of the Dacca College, 1855-c.73.
Photographed ruins of Sonargaon, 1872.
At the 18 May 1859 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society, ‘A letter was read from Mr Woodrow, inspector of Schools, forwarding the question papers for the late scholarship examination, which he printed by the aid of photography on a plan recommended by Mr Brennand of Dacca. Mr Woodrow gave no account of the method by which these papers had been produced; it was the opinion of the majority of the members present that the negatives had not been taken in the camera, but etched out by a sharp instrument working on a dark ground. The result was good, and the writing clear and distinct.’[1]
‘Mr Brennand’s Photographs.
The officiating Commissioner of Dacca requested to forward the copies of the photographs mentioned in his letter No. 62 of 23rd January 1873, as they do not appear to have been received in this office’. [2]
‘Mr Brennand’s Photographs.
The Secretary to the Government of India, in the Home Department, furnished with a copy of letter from the Commissioner of Dacca, stating that there was no picture of the Nowbut Khana, but that the one so labelled, and which is now returned, is the ‘Main street in Painam’’. [3]
‘Mr Brennand’s Photographs.
The Government of India, in the Home Department, informed that as Mr Brennand has gone to England taking with him the plates, this Government is unable to supply the photographs of the ruins of Sonargaon near Dacca.’ [4]
‘Mr Brennand’s Photographs.
Mr W. Brennand, in reply to our inquiry, states that a great many negatives of the photographs taken by him at Sumargaon have been destroyed, but he has a few which he will print and send to this office.’ [5]
‘Mr Brennand’s Photographs.
Mr W. Brennand informed that the Lieutenant-Governor has sanctioned the charge of 12s., incurred by him in printing the photographs of buildings in Dacca and its neighbourhood, and that the Accountant-General has been requested to make arrangements for the payment of the amount to him in England.’[6] 

  1. Λ The Englishman, 28 May 1859. 
  2. Λ Bengal General Proceedings (Industry and Science, January 1873, IOR/P/186. 
  3. Λ Bengal General Proceedings (Industry and Science), March 1873, IOR/P/186. 
  4. Λ Bengal Statistical Department (Industry and Science), June 1873, IOR/P/186. 
  5. Λ Bengal Financial Department (Industry and Science), 17 November 1874, IOR/P/186. 
  6. Λ Bengal Finacial Department (Industry and Science), June 1875, IOR/P/186. 

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