Shali seen from Mahasu, north of Simla
Artist: Abbott, Sir James (1807-1896)
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
Pencil and ink drawing of Shali in Himachal Pradesh by Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) between 1826 and 1867. The drawing is inscribed: 'Sharlie from Mhasoo'.
This area is a gateway for the north-western Himalayan region and is near to the market town of Shimla, built across a range of hills and connecting ridges. 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.