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Bheem Taal Lake Kumaoon No. 2

Bheem Taal Lake Kumaoon No. 2

Artist: Hearsey, Hyder Young (1782-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: WD4476

Item number: 4476

Length: 34.1

Width: 53.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Hyder Young Hearsey (1782-1840) of Bhim Tal in the Naini Tal district of Uttar Pradesh, dated 1815. Bhim Tal, one of the larger lakes in the district, is about 10 miles SE of Naini Tal, a hill-station of in the Kumaon Hills which came under British rule after the Nepal War (1814-16). The lake is named after Bhim, one of the Pandarva Brothers, from the Indian epic poem the Mahabharata. During the Nepal War Hearsey was in command of a small body of irregulars. He was later wounded, captured and imprisoned at Almora, the capital of Kumaon. Hearsey had previously accompanied two expeditions, through the hill country and into Tibet, to discover the source of the Ganges. The first was in 1808 with Lieutenant Webb and Captain Raper. During the second, in 1812, he and William Moorcroft became the first Europeans to reach the sacred lake of Manasarowar.

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