Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a view of Murree, near Islamabad from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. 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. Murree, at 2,240m (7,400ft) near Islamabad in Pakistan was established as a hill-station by the British in 1851. It was the summer head-quarters of the government of Punjab until 1876. 'Murree remained , however, a little bit of England, complete with the Mall for promenading, parks, schools, clubs and cafes'.