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Part of the ghats at Benares with the minarets in the distance

Part of the ghats at Benares with the minarets in the distance

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4721

Item number: 4721

Length: 32.5

Width: 51

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Varanasi's ghats on the Ganges river from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Benares to Nazibghur Vol. III' 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.

Varanasi (Benares) on the river Ganges is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus. The waterfront of Varanasi is lined with over 100 ghats, with long flights of stone steps where residents and pilgrims come to perform their ablutions and worship in the temples. An idealised downriver view of the ghats with the minarets in the distance on the right. Though the inscription states Rajghat is to the left, it would have been located on right or northern end of the Ganges river.

Inscribed below: 'View of Benares from the East with Rajeghaut to the left.'

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