Snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, probably near Simla (Punjab States)
Artist: Sankey, Sir Richard Hieram (1829-1908)
Water-colour painting of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, probably near Shimla, by Sir Richard Hieram Sankey (1829-1908), circa 1876. Inscribed on the original mount in ink is: 'The snowy Range from Hutto, Lt. General Sir Richard Sankey, K.C.B.'
Himalayan hill stations became the favoured summer retreats of the British in India during the nineteenth century, providing relief from the heat and disease of the plains. The Himalayan resorts were at an average altitude of six thousand feet and offered magnificent views of range after range of jagged snowy peaks. This region became a venue for leisure activities and the towns in the hills rapidly acquired the character of English villages.