John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Son of John Hurdis Ravenshaw, Bombay Civil Service, and Rose Melly Ravenshaw, of Paragon Buildings, Bath; baptised, St Michael’s, Bath, 1Aug 1827; Haileybury, 1846.
Commissioner of Orissa.
Officiating Commissioner at Cuttack in September 1865, and offers to photograph the cave temple at Khandgiri by magnesium light.
Photographs praised at the 1864 exhibition of the Bengal Photographic Society:
‘Mr T.H. Ravenshaw’s photograph The Ape’s Causeway No. 560, is a fine, picture of a well chosen subject, shewing much merit in the treatment; the print would have been all the better for cutting off nearly an inch at bottom. Sunshine and Shade makes a good picture, but there is too much shade and not enough sunshine. A Ramble in the Woods, No. 562, is a pretty photograph. The Jungle Tank Malda, is quite a beautiful picture and very suggestive. The Archway to Mujid Malda, No. 571, supplies an excellent bit, rather bald at the top, but with light and shade admirably disposed and a sweet peep through a dark archway. The next picture of The Jumma Musjid Maldah is an artistic subject, well chosen and photographed. We shall be glad to watch the progress of so artistic a photographer.’
[Biographical notes on Ravenshaw in Beames, Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian. IOR/J/1/71 ff.182-194]
- Λ Bengal, General proceedings, October 1865, IOR/P/15/28, nos. 68-9.
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. II, no. 7, March 1864, p. 80.