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View on the Sutlej. 2228

View on the Sutlej. 2228

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(8)

Item number: 2228

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a view on the Sutlej river from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in the 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 river Sutlej orginates from the southern slopes of the Kailash mountains, near lake, Mansarovar. After a long run, parallel to the Himalayas, it finally penetrates these at Shipki pass. Later it cuts through the Zanskar range, makes a diagonal thrust through the Himalayas and blasts a deep gorge at the base of the Kinner Kailash massif. Within Kinnaur district, the Sutlej runs parallel to the Hindustan-Tibet Road. At Karcham, in Kinnaur, it is joined by the crystal clear, blue river Baspa that drains the Sangla valley.

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