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Distant view of the Himalayas showing the peak of Dhaulagiri (26,826 feet) in Nepal. A tent in the left foreground

Distant view of the Himalayas showing the peak of Dhaulagiri (26,826 feet) in Nepal.  A tent in the left foreground

Artist: Forrest, Charles Ramus (d. 1827)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: WD4325

Item number: 4325

Length: 29

Width: 44.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and watercolour drawing by Charles Ramus Forrest (d.1827) of a distant view of the Himalayas showing the peak of Dhaulagiri in Nepal, dated 1809. The image is Inscribed: "Part of the Range of Mountains of Tibet extending from N.N.E. to E.S.E. Said by the natives to be distant from our Camp, the nearest Range abt 25 and the Snowy one 50 Coss* the nearest are covered with Fir, Larch & Walnut Trees, the Country between the two belongs at present to the Ghoorka Rajah. From the Camp, Laskurry Khan Ka Serai. 1800 Miles fr. Calcutta. 24th Feby. 1809'. Added later in the same hand: 'This chain of Mountains is since denominated Himmalaya and is the highest in the Known World. The White Mountain the highest of the chain being 25,000 feet. *The Koss may be averaged at 2 Miles English. The Royal Koss is 31/4 English Miles."

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest was an accomplished amateur British artist who served in India in the first quarter of the 19th century. He sailed along the Ganga and Yamuna rivers and recorded the scenes in pencil drawings. These were engraved and published in 1824 along with his written account of the journey entitled 'A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, in India.'

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