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Bheemtal. Kumaon, India. July 30 1878

Bheemtal. Kumaon, India. July 30 1878

Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)

Medium: Oil on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD3225

Item number: 3225

Length: 29.2

Width: 50.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Oil painting on paper of Bhim Tal at Kumaon in Uttar Pradesh, by Marianne North (1830-1890), dated July 30 1878. Bhim Tal is near the hill-station of Naini Tal in the Kumaon Hills, which came under British rule after the Nepal War (1814-16), and is named after Bhim, one of the Pandarva Brothers, from the Indian epic poem the Mahabharata. Marianne North visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 painting whilst there. She wrote in Volume II of 'Recollections of a Happy Life'(1892), "We turned the shoulder of the mountain and passed the great barrack and fort to the south of Naini Tal, then plunged into lovely oak-woods and valleys full of cultivation, with abundant streams and waterfalls, and narrow deep lanes like those of Devonshire, along one rich bed of a dried-up lake, then down to Bhime Tal, where the nice little bungalow looked like a Swiss farmhouse in the midst of its green meadows and grazing cattle; but some bananas told one where it was. There was a small old Hindu temple of gray stone close to the edge of the green lake, and an island. I crossed the end of the lake and up to pretty tea-plantations, and, after rounding them, came on lovely oak groves, with meadows between them, where strange cattle were feeding."

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