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A ruined chattri by a tank looking out to a distant prospect

A ruined chattri by a tank looking out to a distant prospect

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4891

Item number: 4891

Length: 36.3

Width: 45.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a ruined chattri from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Malda to Gunga Pursaad Vol. II' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1817-21. 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 expedition to Bengal in 1817 and his convalescent tour in the Rajmahal Hills in the winter of 1820-21.

View of a ruined chattri by a tank looking out to a distant prospect at Gaur. As a derelict city in the Malda district of Bengal, Gaur was an ancient capital of the rulers of Bengal. Gaur was relinquished to ruin and decay by the end of the 16th century. With its history as a provincial centre of Islamic culture, Gaur has the remnants of many monuments. Inscribed below: 'Old Tank at Gour.'

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