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Shali seen from Mahasu, north of Simla

Shali seen from Mahasu, north of Simla

Artist: Abbott, Sir James (1807-1896)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1846

Shelfmark: WD3461

Item number: 3461

Length: 36.5

Width: 26.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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.

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