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Both sides of the main street of Patna, dominated by two facing chattris

Both sides of the main street of Patna, dominated by two facing chattris

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4700

Item number: 4700

Length: 371

Width: 532

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of street sceen in Patna from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Patna to
Benares Vol. II' 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.

Patna, located in Bihar along the southern bank of the Ganges river, was controlled by the British after the Battle of Buxar in 1764. The Chauk, the city's main street, was rather wide and offered a beautiful view of the shops, temples and mosques. Idealised view showing both sides of Patna's main street dominated by two facing 'chattris' (pavilions). Inscribed below: 'Another view of the great Choke.'

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