BURMA and KASHMIR Album including rare images by Felice Beato, 1890-1891 91 albumen prints, mostly one-to-a-page, captioned in pencil and ink, red half morocco, oblong folio album 265 x 340mm.
The album contains a very rare series of 10 images by Felice Beato recording the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in the Wuntho Sawbwa Campaign, part of the ongoing expeditions to snuff out pockets of rebellion, (inflamed by the presence of Dacoits), following the annexation of Upper Burma in 1886. These are: The March to Wuntho; Attack on the Kyaing-Kwintaung Stockade (reconstruction with wounded man and bugler); Capture of the Kyaing-Kwintaung Stockade (probable reconstruction); Company 2nd Devon at Wuntho; Inspection parade at Wuntho 1891 (Devons with DCLI and Oxford Light Infantry); 2nd Devonshire at Wuntho (NCOs posed in front of a stone pagoda); View at Wuntho (the palace); Villagers surrendering arms; Capture of Dacoits (by the Cheshire Regiment); Trial of Dacoits. Four of these images are contained in an album in the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge (Y3029A). There are also several of the better known portraits, of Kachins etc. by Beato. Other, unattributed, Burmese images of both people and places including: A Court Official; Three Burmese Girls; The Commander in Chief 1885; A Burmese Girl of Mandalay; Burmese tattooing.
This album appears to have been compiled by someone in the 2nd Battalion of Devonshire Regiment as other material relates to the Battalion in the previous year when it seems to have been at Murree (3 images of Regimental Sports), on the other side of India. Other images for 1890 relate to Kashmir, Poonch (5), Rawalpindi (Bazaar, Railway Station signed 'Burke 1' in the negative, Bridge), several groups (one fancy dress and others of cricketers, many of them women). See also illustration at page 79.