View of the snows from Theog Forest near Simla (Punjab States). 22 November 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing of the snows from Theog Forest near Shimla, by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), 22 November 1868. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: 'Snowy Range from Cheog Forest nr Simla. Himalayas. Sunday 22 Nov. 1868.'
For many centuries there has been a tradition of seasonal movement to high altitudes in Asia, Africa and Europe. In the 19th century in India, Himalayan hill stations became the favoured summer retreats of the British, providing relief from the heat and disease of the plains. The Himalayan resorts were at an average altitude of six thousand feet and offered magnificent views of range after range of jagged snowy peaks. This region became a venue for leisure activities and the towns in the hills rapidly acquired the character of English villages.