Padree Pass, Cashmere. 10,000 feet.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Samuel Bourne's photographs 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. Bourne chose his routes with care, planning his itineraries based on the latest maps, the locations of renowned geological features, glaciers, high passes, the sources of major rivers, unusual land forms with fossils and places of archaeological note. This view, taken in the 1860s, shows the Padree Pass in the modern-day Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir at a height of 10,000 feet.