'A Street in the City of Poonah [Pune]. 29th August 1871. George Hogg with me'.
Artist: Lester, John Frederick (1825-1915)
Water-colour painting of a street scene in Pune (Poona) by John Frederick Lester (1825-1915) dated to between 1865 and 1877. This is part of an album of 30 folios of watercolours made between 1865 and 1877 in Kathiawar, Bombay, Poona, Mahabaleshwar and Savantvadi State.
Pune is situated near to the Western Ghats in Maharashtra at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula rivers. The city prospered during the early medieval period, largely due to its strategic position on trade routes between the Deccan and the Arabian Sea. Pune was later the capital of the Marathas in the 16th century until they were deposed by the Brahmin Peshwa family. The Peshwas ruled Maharashtra for more than a century until 1818. They were renowned patrons of the arts and in their time enriched the city with temples, gardens and educational institutions.