After James Baillie Fraser (1783-1856)
The Valley of the Jumna with Two Grand Peaks of Bunderpooch (Abbey 498, no.9)
Gungotree the Holy Shrine of Mahadeo (Abbey 498, no.12)
hand-coloured aquatints by R.Havell, from Views in the Himala Mountains published by Rodwell and Martin, 1820, [first plate watermarked 'J Whatman 1820', the second 'J Whatman 1828'], the first plate on thick paper, the second on thin paper, light surface soiling to second plate, with small unobtrusive repaired tear
P.545 x 765; 505 x 675mm.
James Baillie Fraser went to Calcutta in 1813 to join the family Agency firm of Becher and Fraser and remained there until 1820. In 1815, he joined his brother William, who, as a Political Agent to General Martingale, was taking part in the Nepal War: they therefore planned an expedition into the Garwhal Hills towards the sources of the Jumna and the Ganges. Bewildered by the scenery, which reminded him of his native Highlands, James started making numerous landscape sketches, which he reworked on his return to Calcutta in 1816. In 1820, he published his Journal of the Tour through part of the Himala mountains, and to the sources of the rivers Jumna and Ganges, which supplies the background to the drawings engraved by Robert Havell. (2)