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Ten Scenes in the Last Ascent of Mont Blanc

By J.D.N. Browne.   Maclean.

Source: The Illustrated London News, May 7, 1853, p. 357

Those who are curious about the marvel and dangers incidental to an ascent of Mont Blanc will find here a more authentic and satisfactory account of them than any that has previously been produced, whether at the agreeable soiree in Piccadilly, or in the Guide-books. Mr. Browne and his companions, the latest adventurers upon the ice-clad mountain, appear to have conducted their proceedings so skilfully, and with such "pluck," that the certificate of their nine guides and of the syndic states:—"What is most remarkable, and what was never effected before, these gentlemen employed themselves in sketching the great panorama, and enjoyed all their faculties." The sketches so produced are now published in lithography, and striking pictures they are of mountain difficulty and human daring. Amongst them the most remarkable are:—"Incident before reaching the Grands Mulets," a most perilous escalade, all hands holding on the ladder; "The Camp of the Grands Mulets;" "Searching for the Passage of the Crevasse du Dome," and crossing ditto (again all hands in one boat, on the edge of a fearful precipice); "First View of the Italian side of Mont Blanc—Monto Rosa, and the Mattu Horn in the distance; "The Top of La Cote, giving a wonderful idea of the isolated position of the mountain top; and "Incidents in the Descent, and Valley of Chamounix:" the excursionists returning quicker than they went up, sliding down in a sitting posture, and taking the chance of when and how they may alight. These sketches are very spiritedly executed; and are accompanied by a lively narrative of the ascent to which they refer.