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Assemblage of Ghoorkas. [Plate 14 from the folio edition of "Views in the Himala Mountains" 1820].
London. Messrs. Rodwell & Martin. March 1, 1820. Fraser, J. B. (illus). Engraved by R. Havell & Son. Color aquatint, 17 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches on heavy sheet 20 x 26 1/4 inches. Light soiling to edges, scattered foxing, toned strip along upper margin approx. 1/2 inch from upper edge of image, likely from older adhesive strip; overall very good condition. Plate 14 from the folio edition of James Baillie Fraser's "Views in the Himala Mountains." A stunning example of British aquatint printing capturing a vivid depiction of Ghurkas assembling below a hillside fortress,the soft coloration of the distant mountains and sky providing a contrast to the brightly colored foreground grouping. The British Library notes that the artist's brother William "was a political agent to Major-General Martindell during the Nepal campaigns of 1814-15, when the Gurkha Empire was about the size of Great Britain and was unified for the first time in its history". (Abbey, Travel, volume II, #498).
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