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Landscape, Hazaribagh (Bihar).

Landscape, Hazaribagh (Bihar).

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2516

Item number: 2516

Length: 50.3

Width: 68

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the landscape showing the countryside around Hazaribagh in Bihar, by an anonymous artist working in the Calcutta style, part of the Gilbert Collection, c. 1825. Inscribed: 'A Tank of Lotus's near 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 hills, paddy fields, a small Muslim tomb and a lotus pool in the fields that surround the town.

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