View on the Jhelum, Tukht-i-Suliman in the distance.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a view of the Jhelum river in Srinagar with the Takht-e-Sulaiman at a distance 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.Upon arrival at Srinagar downstream by river from the southeast one first passes the Munshi Bagh with the Takht-e-Sulaiman as a backdrop. The hill, Takht-e Sulaiman or 'throne of Solomon' is today called the Shankaracharya Hill. From the top, one can have a fine view of Dal Lake. Atop the hill is the small Siva temple dating from about 900 AD.