John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Based in Peshawar in early 1880s; employed in 1883 by Henry Hardy Cole, Curator of Ancient Monuments, to photograph sculpture excavated at Sanghao:
‘I returned to Mardan on 31st March, and remained there in camp pending the decision of Government as to proceeding with the Ranigat explorations. During this time I was occupied in marking and numbering the sculptures that had been conveyed to the magazine, and in selecting the best of the carved stones for photography. Mr Serrot, Photographer of Peshawar, came to Mardan and took 32 photographs for me; most of these (numbered 1 to 32) are represented in the outline drawings which accompany this, and I think Mr Serrot deserves great credit for his work. The negatives have been sent home for printing by heliogravure, which is a permanent process.’
The above heliogravure photographs by Serrot can be found in H.H. Cole, Illustrations of Graeco-Buddhist sculptures from the Yusufzai District, in Preservation of national monuments in India (2 vols, c. 1884-5), vol. I, pl. 1-30.
- Λ H.H. Cole, Memorandum on ancient monuments in Eusofzai, with a description of the explorations undertaken from the 4th February to the 16th April 1883, and suggestions for the disposal of the sculptures (Simla, 1883), p. 4.