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A view of the Himalayas from the top of the Judge's House at Moradabad

A view of the Himalayas from the top of the Judge's House at Moradabad

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4773

Item number: 4773

Length: 35.5

Width: 54.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Himalayas from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Mohumdy to Gheen Vol. V' 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.

View of Himalayas from the Judge's House at Moradabad. Moradabad, in Uttar Pradesh was founded around 1625 by Rustam Khan, the governor of Katehr, who named it after the imperial prince Murad Bakhsh. The Afghan Rohillas acquired Moradabad in 1740 and controlled the city until 1773 when it passed to control of the Nawab of Awadh. Nawab Shuja ud-Daula of Awadh (r.1753-1775)subsequently ceeded part of his territory including Moradabad to the Britsh in 1801. In 1814, the Judge and Magistrate in Moradabad was James Oldham, from whose house this view was illustrated. Inscribed below: 'Distant view of the Snowry' [sic]' Range of the Himalaya's from the Top of the Judge's House at Moradabad.'.

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