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North view of the fort of Chunargarh on the Ganges from across the river.

North view of the fort of Chunargarh on the Ganges from across the river.

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3214

Item number: 3214

Length: 42

Width: 57.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the north view of the fort of Chunar, Uttar Pradesh, by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style, part of the Hyde Collection, c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on the back in ink: 'North view of Chunar Ghurr Fort; North View of Chunar Ghur Fort on the Ganges between Benares and Mirzapore'; in pencil: 'From a Painting by Daniels.'

The imposing fort of Chunar, 36 km south-west of Varanasi, was built along the Ganges River near the Kaimur Hills. The fort passed hands numerous times in history, between the Mughal Empire and rival powers. It is protected by massive ramparts which overlook the river. This drawing was done from across the river, looking towards the fort with boats sailing by.

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