Colour plates from 1820s India, “Views in the Himalaya Mountains,” by James Baillie Fraser.

James Baillie Fraser (1783 – 1856) by William Brockedon.

In the early nineteenth century, British consumers increasingly demanded representations of foreign areas newly opened up by British imperial expansion. The Scottish travel writer, and artist James Baillie Fraser (1783 – 1856) tapped into this demand by illustrating and writing about the. Fraser was a man possessed of many talents and great reserves of energy, a bold and adventurous traveller to unexplored areas of India, Persia and Mesapotamia, a prolific writer of travel books and quasi-historic romances. He was also an accomplished artist.

Here, the magical (picturesque style) watercolours from his Views in the Himalaya Mountains of 1820, give us some of the very earliest views of India’s Himalayan region.

Village of the Shai by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Byramghattee by James Baillie Frase (1820).
The junction of the Touse and Pabur by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
The village Jushul by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Village of the Shai by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
The temple of Mangnee by James Baillie Fraser – 1820
Village & Castle of Bumpta by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Assemblage of Ghoorkas by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Bheen ke Udar by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Crossing the Touse by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Hous of Kana of Cote Gooroo by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
The town of Rampore by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
The ridge and fort of Jytock by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
View of the country from Urshalun Teeba by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Country to the Northward from Nowagurh Teeba by James Baillie Fraser (1820).
Seran Raja’s palace by James Baillie Fraser (1820).

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