One of the most famous of the early European commercial photographers, and the most prolific photographer of the “picturesque” tradition, Samuel Bourne, a former bank clerk, arrived in India in 1836. Bringing with him a large amount of photographic equipment, developing local contacts, and having access to Indian bearers, Bourne travelled the subcontinent—producing over 2,000 negatives including some of the finest 19th century travel photography. Initially partnering with William