Inscribed on reverse: 'The Bazaar Musoori', below: '8th May 1878'
Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)
Medium: Oil on paper
Oil painting on paper by Marianne North of the bazaar at Mussoorie dated 8th May 1878. Marianne North visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 paintings whilst there. In her autobiography, 'Recollections of a Happy Life' of 1892, she wrote, "Masuri is a long scattered place, covering an uneven ridge for about three miles, looking over the wide Dun valley on one side, and into the rolling sea of mountains on the other. The ever-changing lights and shadows over the great mountains were a continual wonder for me to watch...One day we went up the the hills and saw a tribe of black-faced monkeys, with long tails and grey whiskers, jumping from tree to tree and shaking the very trunks with their sudden springs. Those hills were full of wild nooks, great overhanging rocks, and scraggy twisted oaks...The climate was delicious between the showers, which were as frequent as in England."