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Range of snowy peaks above the Gangotri Glacier.

Range of snowy peaks above the Gangotri Glacier.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(95)

Item number: 22295

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a range of snowy peaks above the Gangotri Glacier from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866.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 Gangotri glacier is in the Garhwal Himalayas, situated in Uttarkashi district. The glacier originates at the northern slope of Chaukhamba range of peaks. This is not a single valley glacier but a combination of several other glaciers that are fed to it and form a huge mass of ice.

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