This stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayas is the kind of picture that seduced European audiences eager to see images of exotic India. Its deep perspective layers mountains, a band of clouds, foggy hills, and the cultivated land below, giving equal attention to the otherworldly landscape and its settlement by a foreign ruling class. Majestic estates sit in the lush foothills of Darjeeling, a town famous for its tea plantations and a popular summer resort for the British elite during the Raj. The backdrop is Mount Kangchenjunga, one of the world’s highest peaks.


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Artist
Unknown
Title
Darjeeling et le Kangchenjunga
Darjeeling and Kangchenjunga
Date
1870s
Medium
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 7 3/4 × 9 15/16 in. (19.7 × 25.2 cm) Sheet: 7 3/4 × 9 15/16 in. (19.7 × 25.2 cm) Mount: 12 1/8 × 16 1/4 in. (30.8 × 41.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Burt Nelson in honor of Shelley Anne Calton

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.444
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Vintage Works, Ltd., Chalfont, Pennsylvania]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.