A group of Adansonia trees at Allahabad
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)
Watercolour of Adansonia trees at Allahabad from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Benares to Nazibghur Vol. III' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r.1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.
Allahabad, situated at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna rivers, was ceded by Saadat Ali Khan, Nawab of Awadh (r.1798-1814) in 1801 to the British. Allahabad's location offered a strategic military position and was made the capital of the North-West Provinces in 1834. The Adansonia tree, 'Adansonia digitata,' is used often for rope and cloth production. View of a group of Adansonia trees at Allahabad. Inscribed below: 'Adansinia Trees near Allahabad.'