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General view of Simla 96110

General view of Simla 96110

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 96/1(10)

Item number: 96110

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Simla, part of the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by Samuel Bourne c. 1865. Simla, a hill-station with a pleasant temperate climate, came to British notice after the Nepal War (1814-16) and was added to in 1822 when Captain Charles Kennedy was appointed Superintendent of the Hill States and resided here. It later became the summer capital of the British when the Governor-General began to take his council with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of Calcutta, over 1000 miles away. The hill-station also became popular with British residents of India in the 1820's. Simla is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges and spectacular views can be seen in this area with rows of snow capped peaks disappearing in the distance.

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