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Other: Dr. Fitzgerald 
Other: Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald 
Dates:  1820 - 1910
Active:  India
 
  

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Approved biography for Patrick Gerald Fitzgerald
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Dr. Fitzgerald rose through the ranks of the Indian Medical Service, starting as an assistant surgeon in 1846 and becoming deputy surgeon general by 1875. A devoted amateur photographer, loyal to the waxed-paper process (as were many in India), Fitzgerald displayed his waxed-paper views of Bengal in the 1860 exhibition of the Madras Photographic Society. In another off-duty avocation, Fitzgerald wrote a series of manuscript diaries covering the period from 1844 to 1867. Much of his writing recorded the carnage he was forced to witness, but, more pleasantly, photography was a favorite subject, as well as his travels home to Dublin through the Continent. 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Amateur, India
MD, 1840; Indian Medical Service (Madras), 1846-80. Assistant Surgeon with Madras Artillery, 20th, 47th and 27th Native Infantry Regiments and 1st Madras Fusiliers, to 1863, and then as Surgeon to 105th Regiment from 1863-5; commissioned Surgeon Major 1866; Deputy Surgeon-General, 1875; non-regimental duties included Surgeon, 4th District, Madras, 1865-74 and Garrison Surgeon, Bangalore, 1871-5
 
A keen amateur photographer, he served at Kanpur and Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny and took a number of photographs during this period.
 
At the 1860 exhibition of the Madras Photographic Society, ‘Dr Fitzgerald exhibited nine very interesting views in Bengal, taken when in camp with the Field Force at Lucknow and Cawnpore. Of these we may notice the Allumbaugh Gateway and Palace, Wheeler’s entrenchments, Nana Sahib’s slaughterhouse at Cawnpore, and the site of Havelock’s grave between two trees in th garden of the Allumbaugh Palace.’[1] 
  
 
  

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  1. Λ Madras Journal of literature and science, no.11, new series, May 1861, p.194. 
      
 
  

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