Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863. The firm of Bourne and Shepherd was established in 1865 in Shimla, and additional studios were established in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1867 and Mumbai (Bombay) in 1870. Bourne left India in 1870, but the firm remained active. During his seven years in India, Bourne travelled around the subcontinent extensively. Some of his work was published in a catalogue series called ‘Photographic Views in India’.
Samuel Bourne's photographs of mountain scenery were ground-breaking and also extremely difficult to take and process in the fierce Himalayan cold. During his seven years in India, Bourne travelled around and photographed the landscape extensively. He made three celebrated photographic expeditions to the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866: to Kashmir, to Chini and Spiti, and to the source of the Ganges at the base of the Gangotri glacier. This is a view looking across the Dal Canal in Kashmir and is from the Album of Indian Views compiled by Bourne in 1864.
View on the Dal Canal, Srinigar, Kashmir
albumen silver print mounted on card
24.2 x 29.4 cm image; 26.8 x 34.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed bot.c., inscribed "Bourne...".
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Not on display