Attached hereweith are possibly the earliest photographs of Travancore ever to exist. The Royal collection in London has had them since the Victorian days but owing to staffing shortages & prioritization-plan in place, only recently managed to digitized them. The bulk of it were part of the Lord & Lady Napier Collection presented to HM Queen Victoria. There are a few more in the collection which will hopefully when time permits be uploaded as well.
It is so wonderful to see these photographs from the 1860s. How our country & people looked in those days.
Browse through them and enjoy. Do forward on to anybody who might be interested.
The Pagoda at Trivandrum: Sree Anatha Padmanabhaswamy Temple (1868)
The State Barge which ferried Lord & Lady Napier to Kalpala-kadavu in Trivandrum
The State Carriage pulled by Six White Horses
The State Elephants' Guard of Honour
at Padmanabhapuram Fort
View of the main thoroughfare & Temple at Cape Comorin / Kanyakumari
Albumen Print of Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal
Nagercoil Ammachi : The consort of Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal
Tanjore Ananda Row: The son of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
(who later went on to become the Dewan of Mysore)
Amba Bayi : Daughter of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
Sakhee/Sathee Bayi (?) : Daughter of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
Daughter of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
Neena Bayi: Daughter of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
Sundara Bayi: Daughter of Dewan Raja Sir Madhava Row
View of the hills at Courtallam
View of the Old Syrian Church at Kottayam and the Rev. Mar Dyonisius (under the Umbrella)
The Lighthouse at Alleppey
View from the quayside on the way to the city of Ernakulam
Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island, Cochin
(Molavu-kad in the vernacular meaning Pepper Forest) Taken on the 4th of March,1868.
The Rajah of Cochin
The Display of Arms, Cochin
British Indian & Native Troops at the Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Trichur
Mar Athanasius of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Jewish Town, Cochin
The Synagogue, Cochin
Jewish Women (Black Damascus Denomination)
Jewish Women (White Jewish denomination)