Baramula from above the bridge, Jhelum River.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Baramulla bridge over the Jhelum river, from the Strachey Collection of Indian Views, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1863. Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken during three expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866 demonstrate his ability to combine technical skill and artistic vision. These views display a compositional elegance which appealed to Victorian notions of the ‘picturesque’; strategically framed landscapes of rugged mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes and rural dwellings. The city of Baramulla was founded by Raj Bhimsena and held the position of a gateway to the valley as it was located on the route to the valley from Muzafferabad and Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan. The Jhelum river is known to be a favourite spot for Mahseer fishing.