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View from Talbot House, Simla.

View from Talbot House, Simla.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(76)

Item number: 1176

Genre: Photograph

A view of tree-lined hillsides in Shimla, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Shimla was the former summer capital of the British in India, established during the Nepal War of 1815 and enlarged in 1822 when Captain Charles Kennedy was appointed Superintendent of the Hill States and resided here. It was favoured owing to its pleasant climate and the station rapidly acquired a reputation as a sanatorium. Shimla is built across a range of hills and connecting ridges, spectacular views can be seen in this area with rows of snow capped peaks disappearing in the distance.

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