'Cane bridge over the Rungheet. Darjeeling. India. October 1878'
Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)
Medium: Oil on paper
Oil painting on paper by Marianne North of the cane bridge over the Rungeet river at Darjeeling, dated October 1878. Marianne North visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 paintings whilst there. In her autobiography, 'Recollections of a happy life' of 1892, she wrote, "The famous meeting of the waters is more like English scenery than Indian, and that is the true reason why Anglo-Indians always rave about it. The river rushes on like a whirpool, and the night air is delicious. It made a pretty moonlight scene, with the men round the fire for a foreground. The most picturesque thing down there was a swing-bridge made of canes and rattan, rather higher up the Rungheer. At a distance it looked like a slice of spider's web. I got a sketch of it from two different points. All the ends of the rattan webbing were fastened to different boulder-stones and trees. The bridge was reached by a crazy ladder, and required some nerve to walk over, as the footway was very transparent and loosely put together."