Across the curator's desk: A picturesque tour along the river Ganges

forest ganges and juma book

A picturesque tour along the rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India: Consisting of twenty-four highly finished and coloured views by Forrest Ackermann , 1824

What is this item? 

It is the 1824 edition of A picturesque tour along the rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India: consisting of twenty-four highly finished and coloured views by Forrest Ackermann. 

Why is it important? 

This important book ranks alongside the works of William Hodges, the Daniells and Henry Salt as one of the cornerstone pictorial works on India. It begins with an overview of Indian history,  which is followed by an account of his journey up the Ganges with six companions, 200 servants and a guard of 40 Indian troopers. The 24 images in the book were printed in up to three colours and then delicately hand-coloured.   

Why is it on your desk? 

To prepare for a viewing by the Indian Trade Commission when they visit the Library. 


Geoff Barker, Senior Curator, Research and Discovery

Visit the Library catalogue to view this collection item.

State Library Catalogue Reference- RB/DQ954A/9

 

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