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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Harry Charles Purvis Bell

Dates:  1851, 21 September - 1937, 6 September
Born:  India, Malligaum
Died:  Ceylon, Colombo
 
  

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Amateur, Sri Lanka
Son of Major-General Henry Wainwright Bax Bell, Royal (Bombay) Engineers and Harriett Eliza Isabella; baptised, Malligaum, Bombay 2 Nov 1851;[1] educated Cheltenham College; Ceylon Civil Service 1873-1912; Archaeological Commissioner,Ceylon 1890-1912; married Renée Sabine (d. 1933), daughter of A.B. Fyers 1876. His photographs illustrate many of his archaeological reports from the 1890s onwards. A number of his photographs of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya were shown in the Ceylon Court of the Paris Exhibition of 1900.[2]
 
See: Bethia N. Bell and Heather M. Bell, H. C. P. Bell. Archaeologist of Ceylon and the Maldives, (Archetype Publications, Denbigh, 1993). 
  
 
  

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  1. Λ Bombay Baptisms IOR/N/3/25 f. 265. 
      
  2. Λ The Paris Exhibition, 1900. Official Handbook and Catalogue of the Ceylon Court (Colombo, 1900). 
      
 
  

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