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Hasan, Our Bheestie (bhisti, or water-carrier) at Simla

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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This painting was awarded the Figure Prize at the Simla Art Exhibition of 1908. At this time, the hill station of Simla (Shimla) was the summer residence of the Viceroy and staff of the Supreme Government, and also of the Punjab Government. According to the artist’s husband, ‘This prize picture was bought at the Simla Exhibition by the late Sir James Walker’. His widow thoughtfully presented the picture to the artist’s family on Lady Burrard’s death.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 60.9 x W 50.8 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1951-11-13

Acquisition method

gift from Major General Sir G. Burrard, 1951

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