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Record Type: Person
Murray, John (Scottish photographer and physician, 1809-1898, active in India)

Note: Murray was the principal of the Medical School at Agra, India. He photographed in Agra, Benares, Allabad, Cawnpore, Delhi, and the Northwest Provinces. He retired and returned to London in 1871. Although trained as a medical doctor, Dr. John Murray excelled as a photographer. The Scottish-born doctor was introduced to photography around 1849, while in the Medical Service of the Army of the East India Company. Stationed near the Taj Mahal in Agra, he evidently developed a considerable interest in the Mughal architecture of the region. Throughout the forty-year period that Murray lived and worked in India, he systematically recorded many famous buildings in and around Agra and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. In the mid-1800s, no simple method of enlarging photographs existed. To make a sizable print, Murray worked with a large-format wooden camera capable of accepting negatives up to 16 by 20 inches. He worked with both glass and waxed-paper negatives; traveling photographers and those in remote places found the waxed-paper negatives particularly useful because the paper did not require immediate development. With this unwieldy equipment, Murray produced a body of work documenting India's architecture that remained unsurpassed in the 1800s. Subject of a photograph by Felice Beato.

Names:
Murray, John (preferred,V,index)
John Murray (V,display)
Murray, Dr. John (V)
Murray, John, Dr. (V)
Murray, J., Dr. (V)
Murray, John Dr. (V)
Murray, John, MD (V)
Dr. J. Murray (V)

Nationalities:
British (modern) (preferred)
Scottish (Scots, Scotsman)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
photographer
physician
sitter

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Blackhouse (Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)
Died:  Sheringham (Norfolk county, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   1844-1864  India (Asia) (nation)

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Murray, John (I)

Biographies:
(Scottish photographer and physician, 1809-1898, active in India) ..... [VP Preferred]
(British photographer, physician, 1809-1898) ..... [BHA]
(Scottish photographer and physician; born Blackhouse (Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom), 1809; died Sheringham (Norfolk, England, United Kingdom), 1898) ..... [CCA]
(British, 1808-1898, active India) ..... [JPGM]
(British doctor, 19th century) ..... [VP]
(British artist, 1809-1898) ..... [MoMA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Dr. J. Murray ........ [VP]
...........................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
John Murray ........ [CCA, MoMA, VP]
........................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
........................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Murray, Dr. John ........ [CCA]
.................................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Murray, J., Dr. ........ [CCA, VP]
...............................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Murray, John ........ [BHA Preferred, CCA Preferred, MoMA Preferred, VP Preferred]
..........................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
..........................  RILA/BHA (1975-2000)
Murray, John Dr. ........ [JPGM Preferred, VP]
.................................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
Murray, John, Dr. ........ [CCA, VP]
...................................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Murray, John, MD ........ [VP]
..................................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)

Subject: ........ [BHA, CCA, Gallery Systems, JPGM, MoMA, VP]
....................  Boddington, Architecture, Art Bulletin of Victoria (1983)
....................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
....................  Dewan, John Murray (1994)
....................  Eastman House Database [online] (n.d.)
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: n2006180813
....................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
....................  Johnson, Nineteenth-Century Photography (1990) 440
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: n2006180813
....................  RILA/BHA (1975-2000)
....................  Thomas, 1981. 10
....................  Worswick and Embree, Last Empire (1976) 5
 
Note:
English .......... [CCA, VP]
.......... J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
.......... Worswick and Embree, Last Empire (1976) 5
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