Cliffs at Elphinstone Point

ca. 1865
Samuel Bourne

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Mounted albumen print by Samuel Bourne titled "Cliffs at Elphinstone Point", taken ca. 1865. Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats. It is a region of vast jungles that is home to many medicinal trees and plants. In 1829 it was established as a health resort. Elphinstone Point is named after Lord Elphinstone who was Governor of Bombay from 1853 until 1860. Bourne, a pioneer of travel photography, established a studio in Simla, in partnership with Charles Shepherd. Between 1863 and 1870 he undertook several photographic expeditions, including trips to the Himalayas, producing a collection of landscape views unsurpassed in technical skill and compositional elegance. By 1870 the Bourne and Shepherd catalogue contained 2,000 views from all parts of the subcontinent.


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