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The Residency, Leh (Kashmir). January 1869

The Residency, Leh (Kashmir). January 1869

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: WD298

Item number: 298

Length: 17.6

Width: 25.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of Leh by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901) in January 1869. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: ‘The Residency, Leh (Kashmir). January 1869.’ and: 'Copied 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 eastern 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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