The valley of Nepal; snows in the distance, a village in the foreground
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Watercolour of the valley of Nepal with the snows in the distance and a village in the foreground, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), c.1855. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'H.A. Oldfield'; and on the back:' The Valley of Nepal from Naikal.'
Dr Oldfield was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863. After his death his family published his two volume 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), which described life at the court of the Maharajah Jung Bahadur and also contained descriptions of religious monuments and architecture with illustrations from Oldfield's own drawings. He wrote, "The Valley of Nipal...is a gently undulating plain, of nearly oval shape, having an average length of about fifteen miles, and encircled with mountains which, rising more or less abruptly from its margins, form its natural boundaries. It lies at an elevation of four thousand seven hundred above the level of the sea, and the chain of hills which surrounds it has a varying height of from five hundred to three thousand feet above the surface of the valley, or of from five thousand to eight thousand feet above the level of the sea."