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Rear view of the house of the Hon. David Anstruther at Champapoka near Murshidabad

Rear view of the house of the Hon. David Anstruther at Champapoka near Murshidabad

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3196

Item number: 3196

Length: 40.7

Width: 54.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the rear view of the house of the Hon. David Anstruther at Champapoka near Murshidabad, by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style, c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on the back in ink: 'South view of Chumpapoka. House of Honble. David Anstruther near Moorshedabad.'

Murshidabad is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, north of Calcutta in West Bengal. In 1704, the Nawab of Bengal transferred his capital here from Dacca; in 1757 a series of military disputes between the Nawab and the English East India Company resulted in the rise of English supremacy in Bengal. Although the town of Murshidabad continued to house the residence of the Nawab, it was no longer a place of political power.

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