Sir Herbert Baker's travel blog
This watercolour charts Sir Herbert Baker's journey back home, with each picture highlighting some part of his travel
The start of the journey begins with the iconic Taj Mahal, at Agra, near New Delhi in India. Overhead you can see the magnificent peacocks - the national bird of India - who symbolise grace, joy, beauty, and love. From here he travelled along The Ridge, part of the fertile Avarilli Range, illustrating the tents in the camp and the elephant transport. Upon reaching the ancient city of Nashik, you can see Sir Herbert's fascination with the use of oxen to haul water from the well and the women carrying the water on their heads back home.
The last stop in India was Bombay (now called Mumbai), whose port was originally built on seven islands. From here he sailed across the Arabian Sea, arriving at Aden, a port city in the Yemen. Behind the city you can see the first of three volcanoes that Sir Herbert encountered. Afterwards, he journeyed up the Red Sea, past Mount Sinai and onto the Suez canal where you can see them dredging the canal. In Egypt, you can see the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in Cairo, with camels alongside.