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View of the mountains, Simla (Punjab States) from the veranda of Major Innes's house. 18 November 1868

View of the mountains, Simla (Punjab States) from the veranda of Major Innes's house. 18 November 1868

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: WD273

Item number: 273

Length: 25

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the mountains at Shimla from the veranda of Major Innes's house by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), 18 November 1868. Inscribed on front of the picture and mount in pencil is: 'Simla. View from the Verandah of Major Innes's house. The plain in the far distance. Thurs. 18 Nov. 1868.'

Shimla is a gateway for the north-western Himalayan region and is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges; spectacular views can be seen in this area with rows of snow capped peaks disappearing in the distance. It is an active market town made up of a warren of twisting backstreets. In the 19th century the town was a district of British India and summer headquarters of the government of the province. It was a popular retreat for the residents of the plains and would have provided a welcome respite from the harsh Indian sun. There were several European schools, a barracks and a sanatorium here.

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