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Seran Raja's palace

Seran Raja's palace

Artist: Fraser, James Baillie

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: X502(1)

Item number: Plate 1

Length: 60

Width: 44

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This coloured aquatint was made by Robert Havell and Son from plate 1 of JB Fraser's 'Views in the Himala Mountains'. James and William Fraser (who was Political Agent to Major-General Martindale) reached Sarahan, the picturesque summer residence of the Bushair rajas, on 16 June 1815. Now a tiny village, best-known for the Bhimakali temple, it sits high on a ridge above the Sutlej river. The young Raja, who was only 8 years old, came out of his palace to pay the travellers a visit. From Sarahan they had a good view of the peaks of Bandarpunch near the source of the river Yamuna. It rained incessantly, forcing them to stay in their tents for several days before continuing their journey.

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