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Entrance to Leh (Kashmir) from the S.E. January 1869

Entrance to Leh (Kashmir) from the S.E. January 1869

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: WD296

Item number: 296

Length: 17.5

Width: 25.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of the entrance to Leh by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901) in January 1869. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: ‘Entrance to Leh (Kashmir) from the S.E. January 1869’ and: ‘from a sketch by Dr H. Cayley. Jan. 1869. S.L.'

Leh is the capital of the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated at a height of 3,505 metres on a mountain side in a valley to the side of the Indus River. It originated as a trading post and market attracting merchants from far and wide then developed into the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the district. The seventeenth-century palace dominates the town; it has nine storeys and was the home of the royal family of Ladakh until they were exiled to Stok in the 1830s.


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