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View on the lake at Naini Tal [?]

View on the lake at Naini Tal [?]

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: Photo 883/(6)

Item number: 8836

Genre: Photograph

View of a lake, probably Nainital from the 'Album of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866. The area of the Kumaon Hills had come under British rule after the Anglo-Nepal War (1814-16) but it wasn't until 1841 that P. Barron built the first European house in Nainital. The town became the summer headquarters of the colonial administration of the province. It was a popular retreat for the residents of the plains. Being popular with the British, the town developed a British character with several European schools, barracks and a sanatorium.

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