John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Artist and daguerreotypist, Bombay
Four daguerreotype portraits, inscribed ‘Servants of W.S. Brown, taken in 1845 in Bombay by an artist named Pybus’, sold at Sothebys (dated unrecorded, ?early 1990s). Henry Pybus is listed as a miniature painter at Girgaum, Bombay in the 1845 almanac. Pybus is also recorded as an artist in Calcutta in 1841, based in Writers’ Buildings. He is listed as being present at some of the ‘scientific soirées’ held by Lord Auckland at Government House, Calcutta, in 1840. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy (qv), who gave a number of lectures at these gatherings (one on the daguerreotype process), was actively experimenting with the process at this time, and it is possible that Pybus learned something of the subject at this period.
Henry Pybus d. 1844: check Bengal burials and wills
[??The Calcutta Pybus is surely William Pybus, who was a subject of one of Colesworthy Grant’s portraits. Check.]
- Λ Bengal directory and annual register for 1841.