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An officer in the East India Company army, Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822 – 1902) is known for his early photographs of India and Burma from the 1850s, many of which were donated to the V&A in the late 19th century. Our collection includes a wide cross-section of his portfolio from India and Burma, including landscapes, architectural photographs, portraits and artifact still lifes.

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Photo of West Entrance to the Shwe-San-dau pagoda, Prome, photograph by Linneaus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1485-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
West Entrance to the Shwe-San-dau pagoda, Prome, photograph by Linneaus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1485-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Colossal Statue of the Gautama close to the N.end of the wooden bridge, photograph by Linneaus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1527-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Colossal Statue of the Gautama close to the N.end of the wooden bridge, photograph by Linneaus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1527-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mengoon pagoda from N.W (Mingun), photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1578-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mengoon pagoda from N.W (Mingun), photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1578-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Near View of the Shwe-Dagon pagoda, Rangoon (Yangon), photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1596-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Near View of the Shwe-Dagon pagoda, Rangoon (Yangon), photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1596-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of A small four pillared Mundapum inside the Second Gopuram, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, Srirangam, India. Museum no. IS.45:4-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A small four pillared Mundapum inside the Second Gopuram, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, Srirangam, India. Museum no. IS.45:4-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Reliefs, Madras, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. 33764. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Reliefs, Madras, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. 33764. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Amerapoora. Basement of Pyathat of Kyoung No, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 2186-1933. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Amerapoora. Basement of Pyathat of Kyoung No, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 2186-1933. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Musical Instruments Belonging to H. E. photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, Poodoocottah, India. Museum no. IS.44:3-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Musical Instruments Belonging to H. E. photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, Poodoocottah, India. Museum no. IS.44:3-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Aisle on the South Side of the Puthu Mundapum, from the Western Portico, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. IS.39:3-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Aisle on the South Side of the Puthu Mundapum, from the Western Portico, photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. IS.39:3-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The East Gopuram of the Great Pagoda by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. IS.40:2-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The East Gopuram of the Great Pagoda by Linnaeus Tripe, 1858, India. Museum no. IS.40:2-1889. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Background image: Background image: Colossal Statue of the Gautama close to the N.end of the wooden bridge by Linneaus Tripe, 1855, Burma. Museum no. 1527-1909. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London