New Collection Items – Laughtons in the East

Some new collection items have been added to the site, from the same family album as my previous post, New Collection Items – Mitchell, Donaldson and Laughton Family Photographs Part 1. Mixed in with these family photographs from the early part of the 20th century, are a number of historical photographs documenting the Laughtons in the East, and their connections with the Man family and the British in India. These date mostly to the mid 19th century and are accordingly, quite rare and special. What makes these images even more interesting, is that information about them has been passed down in the form of captions and oral histories.

Laughton and Man Families

The Laughton and Man families, both members of the British military community in India, were joined in the mid 19th century with the marriage of Arthur Frederick Laughton to Georgiana Emily Man. In 1869, Colonel Henry Stuart Man was the Superintendent of Port Blair, a penal settlement in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Captain Arthur Frederick Laughton was his Executive Commissariat Officer . At some point in 1869 Laughton married Man’s daughter, Georgianna and their eldest son, Herbert Furnell Laughton, was born their and baptized in the newly consecrated church (see the images from “Page 2”, below, for this story).

The dating of these images requires some further research to set them fully into the narrative of the Laughtons in India and the East but already it is possible to trace the family through images to modern day India, Burma and Pakistan. On the topic of authorship, it is assumed at this stage that the photographs were all taken by Arthur Frederick Laughton, although further research is required.

The Photographs – Laughtons in the East

Page 2 of the album (front and back) includes images from Mandalay, Burma, and Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Photograph-Album Page - Burma and Port Blair; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; c. 1860; 6.2.1
Photograph-Album Page - Burma and Port Blair; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; c. 1860; 6.2.2

Page 4 images are from Burma and from India, including objects acquired by the family in the East. There is also a rare image of King Thibaw (Theebaw), last king of Burma, which closely matches one in the British Library.

 

Photograph-Album Page - Laughton Burmese Photographs; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson, Arthur Frederick Laughton; 1856; 6.4.1
Photograph-Album Page - Laughton Burmese Photographs; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson, Arthur Frederick Laughton; 1856; 6.4.2

All these images (from Page 5 of the album) are from Burma, except the final image on the reverse which is from India.

 

Photograph-Album Page - Laughton Burmese Photographs; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson, Arthur Frederick Laughton; 1856; 6.5.1
Photograph-Album Page - Laughton Burmese Photographs; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson, Arthur Frederick Laughton; 1856; 6.5.2

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