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The Lawrence Asylum and Soniawur Hills. Sunset

The Lawrence Asylum and Soniawur Hills.  Sunset

Artist: Scott, Mrs WLL

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1852

Shelfmark: X670(2)

Item number: Plate 2

Genre: Print

This lithograph is taken from plate 2 of 'Views in the Himalayas' by Mrs WLL Scott. The Lawrence School in Sanawar is one of India's leading public schools. When Scott visited in 1850, it was known as the Lawrence Asylum. It had been founded by Sir Henry Lawrence who would die at Lucknow during the Indian Uprising of 1857. It fostered orphans soldiers, and clothed and educated children of still-serving soldiers, "saving them from the demoralising influence of barrack-life".

Scott wrote: "The necessity of training up the youth of the lower classes in India to lead useful and exemplary lives is great." She went on: "The children of pure European parentage have first claim, then those who have European fathers and native or Eurasian mothers." This sketch was made at sunrise from a small bazaar at the foot of Kasauli Hill. The residence of the clergyman in charge of the asylum is visible through the trees.

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