Posted on: 24 June 2013

Crossing the River Tons - 1820

This coloured aquatint was made by Robert Havell and Son from plate 10 of JB Fraser's 'Views in the Himala Mountains'. It shows a detachment of William Fraser's 'Irregulars' crossing the River Tons - a tributary of the Yamuna - by means of a harness dangling from a rope. Crossing rivers in the Himalayas was always a hazardous undertaking as the waters from the mountains were often raging torrents.

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People still cross in a similar fashion even today

I always wonder how the rope reached the other end when it is impossible to cross the raging torrent.