Louis Rousselet

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Portrait of Louís Rousselet dressed as an Indian native

Louis-Théophile Marie Rousselet (1845-1929) was a French traveller, writer, photographer and pioneer of the darkroom. His photographic work now commands high prices.[1]

Travels in India[edit]

Crushing by Elephant, an execution depicted in Rousselet's "Le Tour du Monde", 1868.

He was in India from 1864 to 1870[2] He spent much time in central India (Alwar, Baroda, Bhopal, Gwalior, Udaipur and several other cities in Rajasthan).

He first visited Banaras (Kashi) in Uttar Pradesh in April 1863, he was only the second photographer (after Samuel Bourne) to do so. Both men's photographs were extensively made into etchings without attribution in many cases worldwide. Rousselet arrived in India in June 1863, and at that point decided to learn photography in order to supplement his diaries. On his return to France he published excerpts from his Indian diary along with woodcut illustrations taken mostly from his sketches and photographs in a French weekly Journal "Le Tour du Monde". Many of the engravings were done by E. Therond.

Rousselet's photographs are the most copied images published worldwide of 19th century India.[3]

His photograph collection and travel book L'Inde des Rajahs: Voyage Dans l'Inde Centrale, dans les Presidences de Bombay et du Bengale (1875)[4] documented court life. Other photographs were of monuments and temples.[5]


  • L'Inde des Rajas (1875)

+ " The Son of the Constable of France or the Adventures of Jean de Bourbon" (1882)

  • Nouveau dictionnaire de géographie universelle, with Vivien de Saint-Martin
  • Au vieux pays de France (1906)


  • L'Inde: photographies de Louis Rousselet 1865 - 1868. Musée Goupil - Bordeaux, Bordeaux. (1992)


  1. ^ [1], [2]
  2. ^ The Tribune - Windows - Slice of history
  3. ^ Gutschow, Niels (2006). Visualizing Space in Banaras: Images, Maps, and the Practice of Representation. Otto Harrossowitz Verlag Wiesbaden. pp. 191, 218–220. ISBN 3-447-05187-6. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  4. ^ In English, India and Its Native Princes, 1875, English edition 1876, revised by Buckle.
  5. ^ [3], in French.

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