'Poonah [Pune]. A street in the suburbs of the City. 13 September 1871'.
Artist: Lester, John Frederick (1825-1915)
Water-colour painting of a street scene in Poona (Pune) by John Frederick Lester (1825-1915) dated 13 September 1871. This image is from an album of 30 watercolours made between 1865 and 1877 in Kathiawar, Bombay, Poona, Mahabaleshwar and Savantvadi State. The album cover and lettered in gold with the word: 'Sketches' and inscribed inside cover: 'J.F. Lester'.
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.