John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
103rd Regiment of Foot (Bombay Royal Fusiliers): Ensign, 11 Dec 1840, Lieutenant, 24 Jan 1845, Captain, 4 Aug 1855, Major, 14 Jun 1864. Served in Punjab Campaign, 1848-49, including siege of Multan.
[Hart’s quarterly army list]
In response to the Government of India (Foreign Department) circular of 11 Sep 1867, enquiring what measures were being taken to procure photographs of Indian architecture, Herne’s name was put forward as a suitable officer to undertake such work at Gwalior:
‘I have ascertained that Lieutenant-Colonel Herne, of the 103rd Foot, whose capacity as a photographer is well-known, and who is well provided with the necessary instruments, will readily undertake the commission.
2. Colonel Herne looks for no pecuniary benefit, but merely that expenses incidental to the work may be met. I would, therefore, suggest that Rupees five per diem for a couple of months be allowed, - within that period he thinks he would be able to carry out the views of Government to his own satisfaction.
3. Colonel Herne’s negatives are valuable, - one dozen of these would command far more than the sum I suggest the Government shall expend.
4. The negatives of all the objects taken will be at the disposal of Government, and thus as many copies as desired can be taken.
5. The season is now favorable for photography, therefore I solicit an early decision on the suggestion.
- Λ Colonel H.D. Daly, Officiating Political Officer, Gwalior, to Lieutenant-Colonel R.J. Meade, Agent to Governor-General for Central India, dated 28 November 1868, India Public Proceedings, Home Department, 30 January 1869, IOR/P/434/15 p.425.