Jhula Bridge across the Spiti River, between Dunkar and Mani. c1866
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, loss of emulsion spot far right
Photographer : Samuel Bourne # 1466
Size: 9 x 11.5 inches, 230 x 290 mm
Bourne noted his experience of attempting to walk across the Jhula Bridge: A “most villainous bridge, made as usual of twisted twigs, and in such bad order that, near the centre, four feet of it was broken away. I had to scramble over as best I could, experiencing all the time the not very agreeable sensation that I, bridge, and all were being carried down the stream at a furious pace…After getting safely over I could afford to survey it calmly, and took a picture of it with the greatest composure”.
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