old Alhamra Arts Council building was a residence converted
to cultural purposes after independence. Its fine, tall, pine
trees, which grew in the profusion, brought the cooling scented
air of the hills to the Punjab flat-land. Unfortunately, they
were felled to make room for the new buildings.
The painting was commissioned by the Council. Sufi Waqar,
a class-fellow of Colin David and Aslam Minhas was a student
of khalid Iqbal, whose influence is apparent in the cross-hatching
of the foliage.