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Rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhairamghati

Rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhairamghati

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(118)

Item number: 11118

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhaironghati, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Bhaironghati is situated at the confluence of the Bhagirathi with the Jadhganga rivers. Both rivers flow through deep gorges confined by perpendicular walls of granite and wild landscape. The rocks resemble massive towers.

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. Unusual geological formations composed their own subgenre and picturesque subject matter.

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