Elysium Hill, Simla (Punjab States). View of hills with wooden village houses in foreground; snows on horizon
Artist: Sankey, Sir Richard Hieram (1829-1908)
Water-colour of Elysium Hill at Shimla painted by Sir Richard Hieram Sankey (1829-1908), c. 1876. This view shows hills with wooden village houses in the foreground and snows on the horizon. Inscribed on the back is: 'Elysium Hill, Simla.'
Shimla is a gateway for the north-western Himalayan region and is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges. Elysium is on the northern spur of Shimla, running at a right angle to the main ridge of the town, it was clothed in oak trees and rhododendron bushes. Shimla 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.