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James Baillie Fraser
(1783 - 1856)

Views in the Himala Mountains



James Baillie Fraser, Views in the Himala Mountains, London: Rodwell & Martin, 1820

Loose aquatint title, and 20 loose finely hand-coloured plates by R Havell and son after J B Fraser, on thick paper. Each print measuring 45 x 59.5 cm. With green mount measuring 66 x 81.5 cm; housed in two blue half leather-bound with matching blue cloth board along with gilt title on a black label to the front board and at the spine
84.5 x 71 x 6.5 cm (Solander box)

LIST OF PLATES IN VOLUME I
(Engraved vignette title) / 1. Seran Rajas Palace / 2. Country to the Northward from Nowagurh Teeba / 3. View of the Country from Urshalun Teeba / 4. The Ridge and Fort of Jytock / 5. The Town of Rampore / 6. House of Rana of Cote Gooroo / 7. Bheem Ke Udar / 8. The Valley of the Jumna with two grand Peaks of Bunderpooch / 9. Fort of Raeengurh / 10. Crossing the Touse

LIST OF PLATES IN VOLUME II
11. Gungotree the Holy Shrine of Mahadeo / 12. Assemblage of Hillmen / 13. Assemblage of Ghoorkas / 14. Village & Castle of Bumpta / 15. Temple of Mangneee / 16. Village of Shai / 17. The Junction of the Touse and Pabur / 18. The Village of Jushul / 19. Bhyramghattee/ 20. Jumnotree the Source of the River Jumna

James Baillie Fraser, a Scot, travelled to India after the war with Nepal ended. Accompanied by his brother William, he explored the Himalayan region for two months in 1815-16, and the duo were the first Europeans to reach the sources of both the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Fraser, who was tutored by artist George Chinnery, documented his travels in the form of sketches and writings. Upon his return to Calcutta, he was encouraged to publish these by William Havell. The writings were published as The Journal of a Tour through Part of the Snowy Range of the Himalaya Mountains and to the Sources of the Rivers Jumna and Ganges, alongside the present lot, which comprises 20 loose hand-coloured aquatint plates. These include views of the town of Rampore, Gungotree, the holy shrine of Mahadeo, and Jumnotree, the source of the river Jumna, among others.

Reference: J R Abbey Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, 498

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