Dal River, Kashmir
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Dal River, Kashmir about 1896
  • Scottish Art
Throughout his travels Fred Bremner was struck by the expansive landscapes of the Indian subcontinent. His photographs often incorporated the familiar European visual language of the Picturesque, nowhere more so than in Kashmir. Travelling there in 1896, he was following in the footsteps of poets, artists and early photographers. Describing the Dal Lake he wrote that it is said to be, "… one of the most beautiful spots in Kashmir. Passing through the Dal Canal on the way to the lake one sees at every bend the magnificent groups of Chenar trees which form one of the most striking features in the Valley...one cannot help but admire the works of nature which are depicted in a variety of beautiful ways in the stillness of the water combined with mirror-like reflections of the mountain ridges".

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Picturesque

A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.

Picturesque

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 129.23
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 25.20 x 30.10 cm (image size 24.40 x 28.90 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987