Bridge near Hitaura, Nepal, dated 'Jany. 1854'
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Sepia wash drawing of a bridge near Hitaura in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated January 1854 The image is inscribed 'Jany. 1854' on the reverse.
Dr Oldfield, who was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863, wrote in 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880): "The Little Rapti river (called Little to distinguish it from the Great Rapti to the west, on which Gorakpur is situated) rises from the inner or second range of hills, in a glen below Sisapani mountain...It follows a very tortuous course, winding through a narrow valley, having steep and thickly wooded hills on each side, till it reaches Hetowara, where the hills fall back, and the valley, as well as the river, acquires a considerable breadth. From its source to Hetowara- a distance of fifteen miles- it is a shallow, narrow, but very rapid stream, flowing over a rocky bed, and constantly fretted and interrupted by large boulders and masses of stone. During the periodical rains the Rapti quickly swells into a deep and impetuous torrent."