The snows seen from the Mall, Simla (Punjab States); in the foreground a lady with a parasol being carried in a jampan
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Water-colour of the mountains near Shimla with a lady being carried in a jampan or sedan chair, painted by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871) in 1848. Inscribed on the original mount in ink is: 'The Snowy Range, from the Mall, Simla. 1848'.
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. 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.