Srinuggur; Avenue of Vines and Poplars. c1864
19th century Photograph of India by Samuel Bourne taken between 1864 and 1866. Individual photograph from a presentation album dated March 1868. Photograph has been removed from album and is held in an archival mat. English photographer Samuel Bourne arrived in India in January 1863 and for the next seven years traveled the country extensively taking exquisite photographs. He ventured deep into the Himalayas, and Kashmir and going even further into the Himalayas a second time, photographing sights that even today, few have ever seen.
Condition: Excellent contrast and tonality, fading at bottom (under mat)
Photographer : Samuel Bourne #800
Size: 10.125 x 9.25 inches, 255 x 238 mm
Bourne noted: “The next day was devoted to an ascent of the Takht Hill and a stroll among the poplar avenues, of which, as I before stated, there are several about Srinugger. One of them is known as the “poplar avenue,” and is a mile long and quite straight. This is a fine walk and is almost perfect-hardly a tree is wanting, and the effect on looking down it is very striking. It is carpeted with grassy turf and a level grassy plain stretches on each side of it; at right angles to this are the three or four smaller avenues extending to the river, a walk down which when the grapes are ripe is by no means an enjoyable exercise, if one be a good climber. Running up, and entwining themselves among the poplars to a height of ninety or a hundred feet, are numbers of vines, whose tempting clusters hanging at this elevation only mock the wistful, watery eyes cast up to them.” Bourne, S, Narrative of a Photographic Trip to Kashmir (Cashmere) and the Adjacent Districts, The British Journal of Photography, 23 January 1867, p.38
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