Hot springs and salt cliffs, Changlong, Leh (Kashmir). January 1869
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing of springs at Changlong in Ladakh, in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), January 1868. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: ‘Hot springs and salt cliffs, Changlong, Leh (Kashmir)’ and: 'From a sketch by Dr. H. Cayley. Jan. 1869. S.L.'
Ladakh literally means ‘many passes’. It is one of the most elevated regions on earth, comprising the West Himalayas, Karakoram Range and the valley of the upper Indus River. The scenery of Ladakh is characterised by snow-capped mountains, remote villages, 'gompas' (Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries) perched on soaring hilltops, ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls and secluded valleys. The region is allied ethnologically and geographically with the Tibet region of China and has a predominantly Lamaist Buddhist population.