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General Claude Martin's house Constantia set in its park at Lucknow

General Claude Martin's house Constantia set in its park at Lucknow

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4750

Item number: 4750

Length: 48

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Constantia in Lucknow from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Cawnpore to Mohumdy Vol. IV' 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.

La Martiniere (Constantia) was built by Frenchman Claude Martin (1735-1800) in 1795, though he died before its completion in 1802. This example of European architecture later influenced the developement of hybrid Indo-European architecture in Lucknow in the 19th century. Initially designed as a country house, it is used as a school for boys. View of Claude Martin's house set in its park at Lucknow, with its column in the lake still in scaffolding. Inscribed below: 'House of Constantia and Tank with general Martin's monument in an unfinished State.'

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