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Front view of the East India Company's Factory at Cossimbazar

Front view of the East India Company's Factory at Cossimbazar

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3192

Item number: 3192

Length: 41.6

Width: 54.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the front view of the East India Company's Factory at Cossimbazar in West Bengal, by an unknown artist working in the Murshidabad style, part of the Hyde Collection, c.1790-1800. Inscribed on back in ink: 'South Front of the Cossimbuzar Factory House'.

Cossimbazar was the chief overseas port in Bengal from the 16th to the 18th centuries and as a result, all the different European nations who traded with India had a factory in the town. By the close of the 17th century the English factory, depicted in this drawing, was a highly profitable enterprise. The factory owed much of its wealth to its location, near Murshidabad, and to the efficiency of the Commercial Agent and Chief who ran the factory. Its position as chief overseas port in Bengal was surpassed by Calcutta at the end of the 18th century and the town began to decline.

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