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Bungalow of Lieut.-Colonel W.R. Gilbert, Hazaribagh (Bihar).

Bungalow of Lieut.-Colonel W.R. Gilbert, Hazaribagh (Bihar).

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2514

Item number: 2514

Length: 47

Width: 67

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the bungalow of Lieut.Colonel W.R. Gilbert in Hazaribagh, Bihar, by an anonymous artist working in the Calcutta style, part of the Hastings Albums, c. 1825. Inscribed: 'Our House at Hazareebaug.'

Hazaribagh is a small picturesque town north of Ranchi in Bihar. Before the arrival of the British it was nothing more than a cluster of hamlets. The British made the town the centre for their civil administration for the state and as a result there is a good deal of colonial architecture, including a cantonment, a post office and numerous bungalows used to house the British stationed in the area. Lieut. Colonel W.R. Gilbert served as the Commandant of the Ramgarh Battalion, Hazaribagh. This drawing shows the bungalow and the surrounding fields, with a carriage and pair of figures at the door of the home and cows, a goat and guinea-fowl in the foreground.

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