House of H. Le Poer Wynne, Allahabad (U.P.). 10 November 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Water-colour painting of the House of H. Le Poer Wynn at Allahabad by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), 10 November 1868. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'Mr H. Le Poer Wynne's house, Allahabad, U.P'. Wynne had been at Harrow with Leighton.
Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh is one of the religious centres of Hindu India, standing at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers, hence it’s other name of Prayag (confluence). Every year the festival of Magh Mela is held here for 15 days in January and February while every twelve years the festival of Kumbh Mela occurs which attracts 12 million pilgrims. The city was held successfully during the Mutiny of 1857 and was the scene of the famous Durbar in 1858 when Lord Canning read Queen Victoria’s proclamation announcing the transfer of the government of India from the East India Company to the Crown. In 1885 the first Indian national conference was held here.