Benares; General View from the Opposite Bank of the Ganges

Samuel Bourne1865–1866

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

View of a city along a riverfront, as seen from the opposite bank of the river. Visible on the center right area of the image is a mosque that is topped with three large domes and two towering minarets. A number of ghats, or riverbank steps usually used for religious purposes, can be seen along the shore. Visible in the foreground are four native people with a herd of oxen.


  • Title: Benares; General View from the Opposite Bank of the Ganges
  • Creator: Samuel Bourne
  • Date Created: 1865–1866
  • Location Created: Benares, India; Varanasi, India
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.2 × 30.9 cm (7 3/16 × 12 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XA.889.4.7
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Samuel Bourne (English, 1834 - 1912)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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