Dorothea Stephen: Photographs of Religious Sites and Objects in South India

Scope and Content

3 series of photographs mounted on paper, with Dorothea Stephen's descriptions, and 1 packet of photographs, unmounted, mostly identified on the back of each photograph.

MS.Add.9393/1 [1a] Bangalore, Channapatna, Nandidrug, Malesvara, Gavipur, and Vidura Asvatha: (1-17) Snake stones; (18-21) Annamma's Temple; (22) Temple car; (23-32) Wayside shrines; (33-36) Hebbal; (37-39) Kota Giri carved stones. [1b] Bangalore: (1-8) Pebbles; (9-14) Anthills; (15-30) Fever goddesses. [1c] Commemoration of the dead. Gavipur. Vidura Asvattha, sati stone, etc.: (1-8) Malesvara and Amma shrines; (9-15) Pitripuja in a Telegu graveyard; (16) Actors; (17-21) Shrines and gravestones; (22-24) Gavipur; (25-28) Vidura Asvattha. [1d] Channapatna: (1-5) Stones; (6) Durbar hall; (8-12) Shrines; (13-16) Nandindrug: views; (17-20) Bangalore Fort: Gateway shrine, and temple.

MS.Add.9393/2 [2a] Hampi or Vijayanagar: (1-16) Views; (17-22) Bijapur: views. [2b] S'ivaganga: (1-4) Views; (5-13) Devaraya Drug: views, temples, sketches of rock carvings, and Devaroy Drug, 1916. [2c] Hoysala temples: (1-10) Belur; (11-30) Halebid; (31-36) Scenes in villages; (37-44) Somnathpur; (45-48) Crossing of the Kaveri river; (49-58) Melukote.

MS.Add.9393/3 [3a] Mysore City: (1-4) Domestic scenes; (1-3) Dassera (festival); (4) Fakir; (5-8) Festival cars; (9-13) Water tanks; (14-20) Shrines and temples; (21-24) Carved Nandi bull; (25-28) Sacred animals; (29-35) Festivals and processions; (36) Tiger Man. [3b] Attikan: (1-9) Views; (10-16) Nanjengude: views; (17-23) Penukonda: views. [3c] Sravanna Belgola, great Jain shrine: (1-26) Views, giant statue and hero stones.

MS.Add.9393/4 Unmounted photographs, many as before, including photographs of Portuguese and Syrian Christian altars at (possibly) Kotizam.

MS.Add.9393/5 3 letters, Dorothea Stephen to Alan C. Bouquet (1947), presenting the photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dorothea Jane Stephen, a worker with Bishop Whitehead of Madras, and author of Studies in early Indian thought, 1918, lived in India, 1914-37, and made a series of photographs of South Indian religious sites and objects, 1915-22. Some of the photographs appeared in Bishop Whitehead's Village life in South India.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Divinity Faculty Library, 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Custodial History

Dorothea Stephen gave the photographs in 1947 to Alan Bouquet, Vicar of All Saints', Cambridge, 1922-45, and University Lecturer in Theology and later the History and Comparative Study of Religion, 1914-54.

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