View of the mountains, Simla (Punjab States) from the veranda of Major Innes's house. 18 November 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
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.