View of the snows from Fagu, near Simla (Punjab States). 22 November 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Water-colour of the mountains from Fagu, near Shimla, painted by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), 22 November 1868. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: ' Phargoo nr Simla, Himalayas. Nundyday in the distance. Sunday. 22 Nov. 1868. S.L. 8000ft high. Nundy Davey. 22,000'.
Shimla is a gateway for the north-western Himalayan region and is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges. The area is famous for its spectacular views of rows of snow capped peaks disappearing into the distance. 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 European residents of the plains and would have provided a welcome respite from the heat of the harsh Indian summers. There were several European schools, a barracks and a sanatorium here.