A wooded hillside with path and houses in the distance, probably near Simla (Punjab States)
Artist: Sankey, Sir Richard Hieram (1829-1908)
This water-colour of a wooded hillside with a path and houses in the distance, probably near Shimla, was painted by Sir Richard Hieram Sankey (1829-1908), c. 1876. Inscribed on the original mount in ink is :' Scene in the Himlayas Lt. General Sir Richard Sankey, K.C.B.'; and on the back in pencil: 'R.H. Sankey.'
Shimla is a gateway for the north-western Himalayan region and is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges; spectacular views can be seen in this area with rows of snow capped peaks disappearing in the distance. It is an active market town made up of a warren of twisting backstreets. 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 the residents of the plains and would have provided a welcome respite from the harsh Indian sun. There were several European schools, a barracks and a sanatorium here.