Watercolour by Hyder Young Hearsey (1782-1840) of the Himalayas at Kumaon in Uttar Pradesh, dated 1815. The sheet is watermarked: 'J. Whatman 1804.' This image shows mountain ridges leading to the Himalayas. Hearsey accompanied two expeditions, through the hill country and into Tibet, to discover the source of the Ganges. The first was in 1808 with Lieutenant Webb and Captain Raper. During the second, in 1812, he and William Moorcroft became the first Europeans to reach the sacred lake of Manasarowar. During the Nepal War (1814-16) Hearsey was in command of a small body of irregulars and advanced in February 1815 from Pilibhit up the Kali into the hills and captured Champavat in March 1815. He later gravely underestimated the fighting power of the Gurkhas, was wounded, captured and imprisoned at Almora, the capital of Kumaon until its surrender at the end of April that year.