View of the Himalayas
Artist: Abbott, Sir James (1807-1896)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pencil and ink drawing heightened with white by Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) in 1864. Inscribed on the original mount is: 'The Himalaya from Bhagi 50 m. beyond Simla, from Nature by J. Abbott'. Two men can be seen shooting in the left foreground of the picture.
During the nineteenth century, Himalayan hill stations became the favoured summer retreats of the British in India, providing relief from the heat and disease of the plains. The Himalayan resorts were at an average altitude of six thousand feet and offered magnificent views of range after range of jagged snowy peaks. The Himalayn region to the north of Delhi, including the summer capital of Simla, became a venue for leisure activities and the towns in the hills rapidly acquired the character of English villages.